He was among the most innovative draughtsman of the 17th century. Yet Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) was also a violent and impetuous man, who was repeatedly in court for assault, allegedly attempted to throw his sister off a roof and was forced to leave Rome, probably after committing murder. The turbulence that characterised his life overshadowed his artistic brilliance, and Castiglione struggled to achieve recognition in his lifetime. Much of what is known about the artist is derived not from fulfilled commissions, but from court documents. ... Read more about Castiglione: Lost Genius
More than 100 works by Royal Academicians will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace this autumn in the special exhibition, Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen. From prints, drawings, and photographs, to works in oil, watercolour and mixed media, the portfolio of works on paper was presented to Her Majesty The Queen by the Royal Academy of Arts last year to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. It includes works by some of the most high-profile Academicians, including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry among others. ... Read more about Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen
The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Album is the official publication marking the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Published by Royal Collection Trust, it tells the story of seven heirs to the throne from Queen Victoria to Prince William of Wales through items from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family. Intimate photographs and letters, favourite toys, prams and cots, and even the future King’s first pair of shoes shed light on the lives of these royal babies from birth and infancy to arrival at s ... Read more about The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Album
Almost 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an exhibition that sheds new light on the his groundbreaking studies of the human body opens at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Long renowned as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance, Leonardo was also one of the greatest anatomists the world has ever seen. ... Read more about B Roll of animations from 'Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man'
Sketches by British couturier Norman Hartnell, the principal designer of the outfits worn at the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, will go on display this summer as part of the special exhibition, The Queen’s Coronation 1953, at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (27 July – 29 September 2013). The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Coronation by bringing together an unprecedented array of the dress, uniform and robes worn for the historic event on 2 June 1953. ... Read more about Norman Hartnell’s sketches of the dresses worn at The Queen’s Coronation to go on display
Royal Collection Trust has introduced three new limited-edition pieces to the Coronation range of commemorative china. The official range marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation and includes a variety of pieces, with prices beginning at £25.00. The latest limited-editions include a tea caddy and a loving cup, both limited to 750 pieces, and an oval pillbox, of which 1,000 have been produced. Demand has grown considerably in recent years for limited-edition china, and few English factories now produce such specialist items. ... Read more about New limited-edition chinaware commemorates The Queen's Coronation