The King's Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and His Courtiers

The King's Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and His Courtiers



Francis Haskell (1928-2000) was one of the most influential art historians of the 20th century. He expanded the discipline to include the study of patronage and collecting, the formation of museums and canons of taste, the idea of revival and of illustration. He was professor of art history at the University of Oxford from 1967 until his retirement in 1995.

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.

Product Code 1037444
Author Francis Haskell
Dimensions 27.4 x 22.6 x 2.5 cm
Format Hardback
GTIN 9780300190120
ISBN 9780300190120
Pages 256
Published Sept 2013
Publisher Yale University Press
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