Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Charles II: Art and Power

The Sea Triumph of Charles II by A. Verrio, 1674
Like his first cousin Louis XIV, Charles II of Great Britain understood the uses of art and theater. From The Royal Collection:
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. (Read more.)
Barbara Villiers

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