The Power of Art
Art was power for Britain's kings and queens. In a new BBC TV series, Andrew Graham-Dixon visits the paintings amassed by King Charles I, the first great royal collector in British history. He tells Andrew Marr why after Charles was executed his royal artworks were flogged across Europe. The lost royal collection will finally be reunited this year in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Historian Leanda de Lisle brings the Stuart monarch back to life in her biography White King. But was the art-loving king a traitor, a murderer or a martyr? And it is not only kings who use art to impress. Don Thompson meets hedge fund managers and foreign oligarchs in his study of the contemporary art scene, while artist Kelly Chorpening describes the role of Camberwell College of Art in shaping the art scene.
Producer: Hannah Sander
Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Charles I in Three Positions, 1635-36
Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018, www.royalcollection.org.uk.
Leanda de Lisle
White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr is published by Chatto and Windus.
Andrew Graham Dixon
Art, Power and Passion: The Story of the Royal Collection continues on BBC Four this Tuesday, 23rd January at 9pm.
Charles I: King and Collector opens at the Royal Academy on 27th January.
The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market is published by Douglas and McIntyre.
Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Art London since 2006.A History of Drawing, curated by Kelly, is at Camberwell College of Arts until 16th February.
|Interviewed Guest||Andrew Graham-Dixon|
|Interviewed Guest||Leanda de Lisle|
|Interviewed Guest||Kelly Chorpening|
|Interviewed Guest||Don Thompson|