The Art Of Monarchy

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The Royal Collection is one of the most wide-ranging collections of art and artifacts in the world and provides an intriguing insight into the minds of the monarchs who have assembled it. In this series, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz examines dozens of these unique objects, in a quest to "use the Collection as a prism through which to better understand the art of being a monarch." From intimate portraits to epic tapestries, from the Coronation pen to the Investiture sword, from a treatise against Martin Luther to the first televised Christmas message, each has an absorbing history. Famous objects such as the Gold State Coach and the Imperial State Crown rub shoulders with lesser-known but still fascinating artifacts, such as the Exeter Salt and the Wriothesley Garter Book. With the help of historians, academics, and Royal Collection curators, Gompertz selects choice items to find out what secrets they reveal about the art of monarchy.


Will Gompertz is the BBC's Arts Editor and has interviewed and observed many of the world's leading artists, directors, novelists, musicians, actors, and designers. He is the author of the international bestselling art history book What Are You Looking At?