Secret Weapon of Kings: Rubens, Van Dyck and Velazquez


Friday 22 September | 6.45pm - 8pm | National Gallery


In a 17thcentury Europe where nations fought for land and power, art became a vital promotional weapon. At the heart of this struggle was Britain’s King Charles I – a political disaster yet the most culturally sophisticated of our kings.  On this tour we will learn how in the years before England descended into bloody civil war, the King, inspired by the relationship between Velazquez and Philip IV of Spain, used Rubens and Van Dyck to bolster his public image and mask the less-than-desirable reality of his person.

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My son Charlie and I were taken round the National Gallery by Rose Balston, and in three brief hours, we were inspired to levels of wonder. Rose has the gift of allowing you to discover things in the paintings that you would never have noticed before…I’d strongly recommend you join an Art History UK tour.
MH, Editor of Country Life Magazine (National Gallery)



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