The Art History & Visual Cultures Research Centre invites you to a research seminar with:
Per Rumberg, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts
Charles I: King and Collector
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 6pm in Keynes Seminar Room 6, University of Kent
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 reunites some of the most important works of the collection, including classical sculptures as well as Baroque paintings, exquisite miniatures as well as monumental tapestries. In showing these works together, the exhibition demonstrates their radical impact at the time and shed light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.
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.