The Masterpieces from the Collection of the British Royal Family are shown in Edinburgh

Michelangelo Caravaggio. 1603−1606. Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew. Canvas, oil. The Royal Collection, Great Britain

The second part of the exhibition devoted to the Italian works of art in the Royal Collection will be opened on 13th of November in Edinburgh. This time Buckingham Palace is getting ready to show in Scotland the glories of Italian Baroque. The exposition will contain 31 pictures and about 43 drawings by outstanding artists of XVI-XVII centuries. The highlights of the exhibition will become two priceless works by Michelangelo Caravaggio which are Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew and A Boy Peeling Fruit. Both pictures were considered to be copies until repeated attribution made by the keepers of the Royal Collection showed that they are authentic.

The British court possesses one of the largest art collections in the world which was founded by Charles I who reigned from 1625 to 1649. In the end of 1620ies the King assembled a great amount of Italian works of art from the Gonzaga collection of Mantua including magnificent David with the Head of Goliath by Domenico Fetti.

Among others the exhibition will contain some works by outstanding Italian artist Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) as well as paintings by his daughter Artemisia. She became famous as the first female member of Academy of Art in Florence. Artemisia came to London with her father who was invited there as a court painter. In London she created many of her best paintings. Charles I, an art lover, tried to invite another famous Baroque artist –Giovanni Guercino (1591-1666). Unfortunately, the painter rejected the offer explaining his decision by the bad climate and heretic views of the British.

The Royal Collection was sold after the English Revolution and the execution of the King in 1649. But from 1660 his son Charles II started to reclaim the art works, many of which were abroad. During his reign Charles II managed to reinstate the collection of Buckingham Palace completely. The following rulers continued to enrich the Royal Collection. During the reign of George III the collection was supplemented with the range of unique art works by such famous artists as Guido Reni, Annibale Carracci and Lorenzo Bernini. A great number of these works are treasured in the galleries of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace and usually are not displayed in public.

The exhibition that will take place in Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, gives a unique opportunity to see the best masterpieces of the Italian works of art from the Royal Collection of Great Britain.

The exhibition is opened till the 8th of March, 2009.

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse,
Edinburgh, Scotland
Tel.: + 44 0131 556 5100

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