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Angelica Kauffman - Royal Academy

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    • Angela 2 years ago

      This is a tremendous exhibition, with lots of stories to tell and some wonderful works. Charles I and his wife Henrietta Maria were patrons of the arts and recipients of artworks as gifts. Their collection was sold after his execution in 1649, in the Commonwealth Sale at Somerset House, and has since been scattered around the world, though many were re-acquired by the royal family. A large number of the works sold are assembled in this show, the prices they achieved are reported in the labels.
      There are contemporary works (e.g. Van Dyck, Rubens, Orazio Gentileschi, Bernini), some commissioned by the king; Holbein represents the previous generation, the Tudors; while there are old masters – Titian, Mantegna – and even beautiful classical Roman sculpture of Aphrodite. Some works were familiar but others less so – a lovely Rembrandt portrait of his mother, Rubens’ St George and the Dragon in one of Rubens’ terrific landscapes, the Gentileschis which were surprisingly good. The Mortlake workshop tapestry after Raphael is amazing.
      A stunning exhibition, not to be missed. I found the audioguide provided a useful focus.

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