The King's Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and His Courtiers (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (Hardcover) by Haskell Francis Penny Nicholas Serres Karen Serres Karen
|Brand||Yale University Press|
|Author||Francis Haskell Nicholas Penny Karen Serres Karen Serres|
|Number of Pages||260 pages|
|Publisher / Label||Yale University Press|
|Size||22.60 cm x 2.50 cm x 2.50 cm|
The greatest paintings in today's most famous museums were once part of a fluid exchange determined by volatile political fortunes. In the first half of the 17th century masterpieces by Titian Raphael and Leonardo among others were the objects of fervent pursuit by art connoisseurs. Francis Haskell traces the fate of collections extracted from Italy Spain and France by King Charles I and his circle which after a brief stay in Britain were largely dispersed after the Civil War to princely galleries across the Continent. From vivid case studies of individual collectors advisers and artists and acute analysis of personality and motive Haskell challenges ideas about this episode in British cultural life and traces some of the factors that forever changed the artistic map of Europe.