Charles ii art and power book

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charles ii art and power book

C harles II had the face of a corrupt satyr. Every sin seems etched into the work as a grotesque wrinkle. His heavy black eyebrows and ungainly nose add to the ugliness. In a popular print that was pinned up in about in a pub or coffee house it still has the pinholes , these features are exaggerated into an almost devilish mask. He may not have minded looking like a stage villain, because he loved and supported the stage. When Charles was invited to claim the British throne in , plays had been illegal for nearly two decades.
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Exhibition Review – Charles II: Art and Power at the Queen’s Gallery

Charles II: Art and Power review – crowning glories of a royal passion

Through it we see Charles II and to a lesser extent James II as patron of art and architecture, sitter for portraits, recipient of gifts, reviver of traditions, Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Don't already have an Oxford Academic account? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

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On 29 May , his 30th birthday, Charles II made his triumphant return to London, ending more than a decade of Republican rule following the execution of his father Charles I in He had been in exile for 14 years, returning only briefly between and in an unsuccessful attempt to retake the throne with support from Scottish royalists, who crowned him King of Scotland at Scone Abbey — the last in a long line of monarchs to be crowned in Scotland. In May , Parliament commanded that all persons holding goods formerly belonging to Charles I were to return them with immediate effect. Charles also set out to build a new collection for himself. But this generous act of diplomacy had little lasting effect, for within a few years England and Holland were at war. Lely was seen as the natural successor to Sir Anthony Van Dyck, the first holder of the post established by Charles I.

Good fun and fascinating history. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Restoration of the English monarchy in led to a resurgence of the arts in England, and Charles II became a leading patron and collector throughout the mid- and late seventeenth century. Fine and decorative arts served not only as furnishings for the royal residences but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king. It includes an exploration of the theme of power throughout the reigns of these monarchs, and looks at ritual and decorative uses of art and the development of a distinct "English Baroque.


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    At The Queen’s Gallery – Charles II Art & Power – The Edinburgh Reporter

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