The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh: Charles II: Art & Power
The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh: Charles II: Art & Power

The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh: Charles II: Art & Power

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Having grown up surrounded by his father Charles I’s art collection, his son knew that paintings were not just for decoration, but were also expressions of power. When Charles II took to the throne in 1660, restoring the monarchy after over a decade of Republican rule (and his father’s execution), he set about recovering the collection, which had been sold off. Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen’s Gallery explores how he used the arts to create a royal court fit to retake its place on the European stage.

 

Image: Antonio Verrio (c.1639-1707), The Sea Triumph of Charles II. 

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