Charles II artworks on display in Edinburgh

Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Hans Holbein feature in an exhibition of the art collection of Charles II opening in Edinburgh.

More than 100 works of art from the Royal Collection are on show at Palace of Holyroodhouse from Friday, the majority of them on display in Scotland for the first time.

Art exhibition
Art exhibition

They include Marco d’Oggiono’s The Infant Christ and The Sea Triumph of Charles II by Antonio Verrio, who went on to be appointed “chief and first painter” to the king.

Charles II assembled the works following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, when the Republican rule that followed the execution of his father Charles I in 1649 came to an end.

One of the first acts of his reign was the recovery of his father’s art collection, much of which had been sold off.

Art exhibition
Art exhibition

The king never stayed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse but is said to have taken an interest in renovation works at the royal residence following the Restoration.

Charles II: Art & Power is at The Queen’s Gallery from November 23 to June 2, 2019, after being shown at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.