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What to do Today: Win Tickets to The RA’s Charles I Exhibition

Your last chance to see the original collection of royal spoils, reassembled....

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It’s quite possible that any eagle-eyed authority on the part of Charles I benefitted his art collection more than anything else. During his reign, he amassed an unprecedented array of masterpieces, which were split up and sold off after he was executed in 1649. See for yourself…

For the first time since the 17th century, ‘Charles I: King and Collector‘ sees the reunion of these artworks that once made up Charles I’s collection. We’re offering C&TH readers the chance to win 4 tickets to the exhibition, followed by a meal at Le Caprice, ahead of the exhibition closing later this month.

The Royal Academy of Art Reveals Charles I: King and Collector

King Charles I

Oil on canvas. 84.4 x 99.4 cm. RCIN 404420. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer were among the legendary artists in Charles I’s collection, as well as commissioned work by contemporary artists like Van Dyck and Rubens. After the collection was scattered across Europe following his death, Charles II was able to retrieve some of the pieces during the Restoration, while others would became main attractions at museums like the Louvre and the Prado.

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‘Charles I: King and Collector’ includes over 100 pieces such as classical sculptures, Baroque paintings, exquisite miniatures and monumental tapestries. The reunion of all these works together recalls the significance, impact and rarity of such an amount of colourful culture in Charles I’s era.

In a collaboration with the Royal Collection Trust, special joint tickets are available to see Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy and Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Complimentary cake and coffee in the Royal Academy Grand Café are included.

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Win tickets

Make sure you see the unmissable exhibition before it closes on 15 April – we’re giving C&TH readers the chance to win 4 tickets to the Royal Academy’s Charles I exhibition, followed by a meal for 4 at nearby hotspot Le Caprice for the ultimate day out in London.

Until 15 April; £20 per ticket, bookable at Tickets.RoyalAcademy; Burlington House, London W1J 0BD, Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm.

Where else to take yourself this week? Consult the Town Culture Diary.