Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Art of Italy in London

Agnolo Bronzino
Portrait of a lady in green,
The Royal Collectn.
© 2007,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Richard Dorment in The Telegraph reviews The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and marvels at the sheer breadth and quality of the paintings and drawings on view in the current exhibition.

"The story begins with Charles I, who caught the collecting bug early, on a visit to Madrid in 1623 to woo the King of Spain's Sister, the Infanta Maria Anna.

We can only imagine how dazzled the young English prince must have been when he saw the extent of Philip IV's vast collection, but it isn't hard to picture his delight when the king presented him with two masterpieces by Titian and one by Correggio. ...

The organisers have imposed a certain amount of coherency on the collection by organising the show by school - Florentine, Venetian, northern Italian and Bolognese - and by broadly dividing the display between the 16th and 17th centuries
. "

The exhibition is on until January 2008.