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British Baroque: Power and Illusion

Tate Britain, London

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The restoration of Charles II brought a new era of splendour in the fine arts and architecture. With works by Peter Lely and Christopher Wren, as well as lesser-known artists, this display considers how art was used both to glorify and, sometimes, to criticise the monarchy. Find out more from the Tate’s website.

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The Sea Triumph of Charles II (1674), Antonio Verrio.

The Sea Triumph of Charles II (1674), Antonio Verrio. The Royal Collection Trust

Barbara Palmer Duchess of Cleveland with her son (c. 1664), Peter Lely.

Barbara Palmer Duchess of Cleveland with her son (c. 1664), Peter Lely. National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark (c. 1685), Willem Wissing.

Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark (c. 1685), Willem Wissing. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Charles II (1684), Honoré Pelle.

Charles II (1684), Honoré Pelle. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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