Andrew Graham-Dixon - WikipediaThis four-tonner was completed in , and the Queen recently gave poor marks to it in her belated report of her road test. Ride quality, very poor indeed; craftsmanship of gilded tritons and golden mutts — peerless. Even with a focus on judiciously chosen episodes and works it was, in reality, and even on the small screen, all too much to take in. It might well be the greatest such collection since the ancients. This, I think, radically devalues its worth to the nation. Or the Mogul-era paintings so fine they say the brushstrokes were rendered using the hairs of a kitten? Not every monarch was an enlightened patron of the arts.
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About Episode Guide. Video clips are automatically supplied by broadcasters and distributors. The first of four episodes exploring the royal loot concentrates on the two great founders of the Royal Collection, who both used art as an expression of pure power, albeit in different ways. Taking advantage of the rise of portraiture, Henry VIII took the imposing physique that helped him to dominate his subjects in person and made himself an icon. Charles I was a weed, but had a discerning eye for the progressive Italian art that could make him appear to cut a dash. Summary Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the history of the Royal Collection - the dazzling array of art and decorative objects collected by kings and queens over the past years, and today owned by the Queen as sovereign. Henry VIII tried to overwhelm with magnificence, believing that great art projected power.
The official history of one of the richest and most diverse art collections in the world, accompanying the major BBC series and an exhibition at the Royal Academy. The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past years. Author Michael Hall examines the monarchy's response to changing attitudes to the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment and celebrates the British monarchy's role in the democratisation of art in the modern world. Michael Hall.
In a major four-part series, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the history of the Royal Collection, the dazzling collection of art and decorative objects owned by the Queen. Containing over a million items, this is one of the largest art collections in the world - its masterpieces by Van Dyck, Holbein, Leonardo da Vinci, Vermeer and Canaletto line the walls of Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and many other palaces, museums and institutions around Britain. Andrew argues that on the surface, the Royal Collection projects permanence, but within these objects are stories of calamity, artistic passions and reinvention. Their collecting shows how these kings and queens wielded power, but it also reveals their personalities - it's through their individual passions that we see them at their most human. Henry VIII deployed the most essential rule of royal collecting, that great art projects great power. Andrew decodes The Story of Abraham series of tapestries in Hampton Court Palace's Great Hall, explaining how these luxury artworks contain a simple message for his terrified court - obedience. But Henry also presided over the first great age of the portrait in England; his painter, Hans Holbein the Younger, was a magician who stopped time, preserving the faces of Henry's court forever.
"Hall's consummate history is not just the story of the evolution of one of the world's great collections The book is also a through-the-keyhole insight into the .
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Biographies come in all shapes and forms, all of which will be celebrated in Ayrshire next month. Michael Hall, editor of The Burlington, a magazine dedicated to art, has written a biography of the Royal Collection. However, some of these had not been seen by many people before. That was really brought home to me — people are interested in Charles I, and what Charles II did to try and retrieve as much of it as he could. The sensuality of Titian and the epic canvases of Tintoretto are still in the Royal Collection today. The Boswell Book Festival is being held at Dumfries House, which itself has a Royal connection, after the building and its content were saved by Prince Charles.
Graham-Dixon was educated at the independent Westminster School , where he was pushed to get into a well-paid job by his father and not waste time learning at school. This meant he finished his O Levels at age 14 and A Levels at age He continued his education at Christ Church, Oxford , where he read English. He graduated in , before pursuing doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art , University of London. Graham-Dixon began work as a reviewer for the weekly Sunday Correspondent , before becoming the chief art critic of The Independent newspaper where he remained until Early in his career in , and he won the Arts Journalist of the Year Award three years in a row.
From Penguin Books :. The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past years. Michael Hall is the editor of art-history periodical The Burlington Magazine. He has published several books on 19th-century art, architectural history, and the history of collecting, including Waddesdon Manor: The Biography of a Rothschild House and The Harley Gallery: Treasures of the Portland Collection. He has recently completed a history of the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore, to be published by the Royal Collection.