The King's Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and His Courtiers
The greatest paintings in today's most famous museums were once part of a fluid exchange determined by volatile political fortunes. In the first half of the 17th century, masterpieces by Titian, Raphael and Leonardo, among others, were the objects of fervent pursuit by art connoisseurs.
Francis Haskell traces the fate of collections extracted from Italy, Spain and France by King Charles I and his circle which, after a brief stay in Britain, were largely dispersed after the Civil War to princely galleries across the Continent.
From vivid case studies of individual collectors, advisers and artists, and acute analysis of personality and motive, Haskell challenges ideas about this episode in British cultural life and traces some of the factors that forever changed the artistic map of Europe.
|Dimensions||27.4 x 22.6 x 2.5 cm|
|Publisher||Yale University Press|
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