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Charles II: Art & Power

The latest exhibition at the Queen's Gallery showcases the impressive collection of art belonging to Charles II.

Charles II Inline

 [Image: Detail from Verrio's Sea Triumph of Charles ©]

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king. 

Old master paintings and spectacular silver furniture show the rich material world of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

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