The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after the turbulence of the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell's rule led to a resurgence of the arts in England, encouraged by Charles II's patronage and his love of collecting great works of art to decorate his royal apartments. It also helped him to glorify the restored monarchy, and reinforce his position as the country's rightful king.
The centrepiece of the exhibition will be John Michael Wright's monumental portrait of Charles II in his coronation robes, and will also include old master paintings, tapestries and silver-gilt furniture, to showcase the beauty and richness of Charles II's court.
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Craig’s review – “The Queen certainly does have a lot of nice knick-knacks. She's got so many of them, in fact, that she's run out of room to show them in her palaces -- she's had to open up a whole extra art gallery next-door to Buckingham Palace.The first thing you need to know about the Queen's Gallery is that it has an annoying habit of selling you a timed ticket during busy peri… continued”
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