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|Italian Masters Visit Buckingham Palace|
- Collections of Stuart kings on show for first time in 40 years
LEONARDO Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio are just three of the big names artists featured in The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection, which starts at Buckingham Palace from 30 March.
Ninety paintings and 85 drawings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods have been sourced from royal palaces across Britain and brought to The Queen's Gallery for the event, the first major exhibition of Italian art owned by the Windsors for 40 years.
The works on show come from collections begun by Stuart kings Charles I and Charles II in the 17th century. That century was also marked by revolution and though the first Charles had both his head and Italian art removed, his later namesake managed to re-collect many of the original assortment of master works.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are so-called lost works of Caravaggio - A Boy Peeling Fruit and The Calling of the Saints Peter and Andrew - which are, in fact, re-attributions.
The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: Renaissance and Baroque starts 30 March and runs until 20 January 2008. Tickets cost UKP8. More info here.
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