With the execution of King Charles I in the late 1640s came the dissemination of his massive collection of extraordinary art. Eventually divided across international collections, Charles I’s exquisite artistic portfolio was soon forgotten. London’s Royal Academy of Arts, however, is working to revive this splendor in their current exhibition, “Charles I: King and Collector,” on view from 27 January to 15 April 2018.

This showcase assembles more than 100 works that were once part of the king’s dismantled collection. With examples ranging from classical antiquity to the Baroque trends contemporary to Charles I, this exhibition allows visitors to imagine the sheer splendor of his original collection and for a moment surround themselves with its luxury. 

For those seeking a satisfying review of some of the Old Masters featured in the exhibition – including Titian, Mantegna, Dürer and Rubens – Musebooks recommends How to Read a Painting: Decoding, Understanding and Enjoying the Old Masters, which is available for purchase on our site.