Charles ii: art and power review – crowning glories of a royal passion
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C harles II had the face of a corrupt satyr. Every sin seems etched into the work as a grotesque wrinkle. His heavy black eyebrows and ungainly nose add to the ugliness. In a popular print that was pinned up in about in a pub or coffee house it still has the pinholes , these features are exaggerated into an almost devilish mask. He may not have minded looking like a stage villain, because he loved and supported the stage. When Charles was invited to claim the British throne in , plays had been illegal for nearly two decades. Their religious bigotry was one of the reasons crowds hailed Charles II so enthusiastically when he returned from exile in the Low Countries, after the death of the Puritan dictator Oliver Cromwell.
C harles II , otherwise known as the Merry Monarch, was a gargantuan baby. At four months he already looked, his mother complained, like a one-year-old. His appearance was anything but English, the dramatic height and darkness most probably inherited from Danish and Italian grandmothers. At 6ft 2in, he was almost a foot taller than his father, and he increased it with towering high heels. The long, curling wig of dark hair, the black moustache, the heavy nose and sensuously curving lips, above all the great brown eyes, faintly saturnine; it is remarkable how precisely the paintings agree. It is a consolidated look, almost more than with any other British monarch, and is even there in a quick-fire sketch by the great miniaturist Samuel Cooper, made in chalk on brown paper as Charles listens to his friend and former tutor, the philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
The art of the Restoration. BOOK NOW The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, .
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Good fun and fascinating history. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Restoration of the English monarchy in led to a resurgence of the arts in England, and Charles II became a leading patron and collector throughout the mid- and late seventeenth century. Fine and decorative arts served not only as furnishings for the royal residences but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king. It includes an exploration of the theme of power throughout the reigns of these monarchs, and looks at ritual and decorative uses of art and the development of a distinct "English Baroque.