Charles I and his Italian Paintings

24/01/2018

Charles I and his Italian Paintings


Ahead of the Royal Academy's exhibition 'Charles I: King and Collector', which opens on January 27, 2018, this talk will look at how the King's agents sought out Venetian works, especially by Titian. 

The unscrupulous dealers who acquired paintings for Charles I and his courtiers looked above all for Venetian masters and none more so than the peerless Titian. Among the Titians that came to the English court were the full length Portrait of Charles V (now in the Prado, Madrid), the Entombment of Christ (now in the Louvre), St. Margaret and the Dragon (now in the Prado, Madrid), the Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalon Addressing his Troops (also at the Prado), the Conjugal Allegory ( now at the Louvre) and the Ecce Homo (now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). Sheila Hale tells the story of how it was possible to separate such prized works from their Italian owners, and how they were dispersed after Charles was beheaded.

Sheila Hale is the author of Titian: His Life and the Golden Age of Venice and is a Trustee of Venice in Peril Fund

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