Per Rumberg
Event 2
Saturday 14th October, 4:00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Charles I - King and Collector (Royal Academy: 27 January - 15 April, 2018)

This is an archived event from the 2017 Programme.

Per Rumberg curator



King Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.

Yet, following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre and the Prado.

The exhibition Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy will reunite the greatest masterpieces of the collection for the first time. Celebrating the grandeur and breadth of this magnificent collection, it will include works ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries.

In showing these works together, the exhibition will demonstrate their radical impact at the time and shed light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.


Royal Academy Exhibition Website

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Per Rumberg is Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. He previously worked at the National Gallery, where he was one of the curators of the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan (2011–12). He studied in London, Florence and Berlin and received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art. His expertise and interests range from the Italian Renaissance to the twenty-first century.




The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) was founded by a personal act of King George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects – the Royal Academicians. From its foundation, it has provided a platform for art and artists. It pursues its mission through a highly respected programme of exhibitions, learning and debate. It is home to Britain’s first art school and to one of the oldest institutional collections of British art.