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Episode Two:
Paradise Regained

Andrew Graham Dixon in on a gondola in Venice

Still from episode 2 of the series © BBC

One of the first acts of Charles II's reign was the recovery of his father, Charles I's, art collection.  It was also during his reign that the largest collection of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci entered the Royal Collection.

In the second episode of the series, Andrew Graham-Dixon  explores the collecting of the restored monarch and that of his successors, including the enlightened George III.  An active patron of the arts and sciences, George III created a magnificent collection of clocks, and acquired masterpieces by artists such as the Venetian master Caneletto to furnish his newly purchased Buckingham House (later Buckingham Palace).

Explore some of the works of art featured in the episode

Lorenzo Lotto (Venice c. 1480-Loreto 1556)

Andrea Odoni

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The head of Leda

Samuel Butler (active 1762)

Gold State Coach

Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632-Delft 1675)

Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman

Christopher Pinchbeck II (1710-83)

Astronomical clock