Art, Passion & Power

The Story of the Royal Collection
Michael Hall
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Published by Penguin Books

The first official history of the British monarchy’s Royal Collection. Published by Penguin Books.

The Royal Collection is the largest private art collection in the world. Containing over a million artworks and objects, it covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, from paintings by Rembrandt and Michelangelo to grand sculpture, Fabergé eggs and some of the most exquisite furniture ever made. 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 500 years.

Following unprecedented access to the royal residences of St James' Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, Art, Passion & Power traces the history of this national institution from the Middle Ages to the present day. It explores how royalty used the arts to strengthen their position as rulers by divine right and celebrates treasures from the Crown Jewels to the ‘Abraham’ tapestries in Hampton Court Palace.

Author Michael Hall – editor of the art-history periodical The Burlington Magazine – 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.

Packed with glimpses of rarely seen artworks, Art, Passion & Power offers a revealing insight into the tastes and obsessions of our kings and queens through the centuries.

‘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 shifting tastes, good or bad, of 1,000 years of monarchs.’

  1. The Times

352 pages
Illustrated throughout
Hardback, with illustrated sleeve
255mm x 200mm
Published by Penguin Books

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