Van Dyck and Charles I
Lecture | Society of Antiquaries of London
Wednesday 5 October 2011 - 14:30 until 16:30
Charles I collected some of the world's most beautiful paintings and, in doing so, created a visual library on which to base his own image. The long gallery at St James's Palace was lined with the highlights of Charles's recent Italian acquisitions.
Van Dyck created the definite image of royal majesty. Focusing on his portrait Charles I with Monsieur de St Antoine, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queens's Pictures, will consider how the collecting of Old Masters and the patronage of living artists combined to produce one of the Royal Collectionsâ€™ greatest works of art.