Author: Anna Poznanskaya
About the Book:
Every year, millions of art lovers visit The Royal Collection which consists of over a million objects including 7,000 paintings, 150,000 works on paper, and 30,000 watercolours and drawings. This stunning, erudite volume showcases in particular the collection s masterpiece paintings including works by Bellini, Mantegna, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Durer, Cranach, Holbein, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Dyke, Vermeer, Hogarth, Gainsborough, and many others. From still life paintings to landscapes to portraits, some of the world s finest paintings are reproduced in exacting detail.
This remarkable volume traces the evolution of this unparalleled collection and reads like a veritable history of western art. Begun almost by accident, it was one of the last of the great European royal art collections to be formed, and one of the largest to have survived intact into the twenty-first century. Also included in this special survey is a smattering of treasures from its vast collection of drawings and watercolours.
The Royal Collection is spread over 13 locations all historic royal residences. Members of the Royal Family reside in most of these, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham House, and Kensington Palace, while others the Queen s Gallery and Hampton Court Palace have become spaces devoted to the public display of art. The story of the Royal Collection is a visual record of the tastes and obsessions of Britain s kings and queens over the past 500 years, and this revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy will surely be of interest to Anglophiles everywhere.
About the Author:
Anna Poznanskaya is curator at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, one of Russia's most important encyclopedic fine-arts museums, where she has curated exhibitions focused on British art including The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-garde and William Turner 1775-1851. Tim Knox was named the Director of The Royal Collection in 2018. Previously, he was Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge after having served as Head Curator at the National Trust.