KING COLLECTORS

By Sylvia Smith

The connection between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and  Charles I, monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649, might seem rather tenuous – but the link between them is the magnificent painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi.

The painting was once among the spectacular collection of art, antiquities and gold work amassed by Charles I. It survived the bonfire planned by the puritans. It was eventually sold like the other surviving royal treasures to English noblemen, foreign dukes, kings and princes – and soon will be on show in the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

To see many of the other pictures that were dispersed after the execution of Charles I reunited for the first time, a visit to  Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy in London from 27th January to 15th April 2018 is a must. Greater insight into the tastes and manner of the time are to be gleaned at The Queen’s Gallery , Buckingham Palace where Charles II: Art and Power shows the monarchy celebrating its reinstatement in an abundance of glorious art. The exhibition runs until 13th May 2018.

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