Last week our A-level History students visited the The Queen's Gallery, at Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Academy of Arts, where they discovered the legendary art collection of Charles I and Charles II.
King Charles I gathered an extraordinary art collection, including work by some of the finest artists of the past - Titian, Mantegna, Holbein and Dürer were some of the names included in his collection. Following the king's execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While Charles II managed to retrieve a few of the paintings, many of the painting found new homes in museums such as the Louvre, in Paris.
Charles II's powerful collection of expensive and exquisite work reinforced his position as rightful king at the time.
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