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Art, Passion and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection

Andrew Graham-Dixon has been on our screens for almost a quarter of a century; – he is tall, slightly grey, drawls a little and is an excellent art historian. His latest series tells the story of the Royal art collection – from Henry VIII and Holbein, Charles I and van Dyck, the Protectorate selling the collection off but Charles II rebuilding it, William III, the “I hate all boets and bainters” years of George II, George III’s careful acquisitions, George IV and Brighton, Prince Albert and the (profitable) Great Exhibition funding many London colleges, right up to the present day with Queen Mary and her dolls’ houses. Sadly, it says little about the pre-1509 era, although there is or was surely something from then in the collection.

If you cannot access the iPlayer for geographic reasons, or are too late, all four parts should now be on YouTube OneTube.

Who or what is under the Esplanade in Rochester….?

rochester-esplanade

Here’s a new suggestion – that Richard’s crown might be under the Esplanade at Rochester. Well, the idea is dismissed because the English Civil War saw an end to the original crown jewels – but who is to say Richard’s crown was destroyed too? But, big but, why on earth would his crown be in Rochester in the first place? So, I guess that whatever they’ve found under the Esplanade is more likely to be the helicopter or Lord Lucan!

Memorial stone to mark Richard III’s visit

One day, might the Tudor monster HAVE to finally give way to the real Richard III?….

Mona Lisa...meet Mona Lisa....

There is, apparently, a second, equally as genuine, version of the Mona Lisa. I know which one I prefer, and it’s not the one we always see, which makes me think it’s a rather dissolute  young man. (Yes, I do mean dissolute, because that is how ‘he’ strikes me.) But if da Vinci did indeed paint two versions of the same subject/pose, it makes me wonder if there might be another portrait of Richard III waiting to be found.

Mean Richard and Mystery Crown

Oh, if only! A contemporary likeness of Richard! How happy we’d be, because we  know now, thanks to Philippa Langley, John Ashdown-Hill & Co., that it would bear little resemblance to the ‘doctored’ portraits we’ve had to endure. Uneven shoulders, yes, but not a hump or fingers like claws. Without the mean eyes, compressed lips or menacing air of murderous intent, he’d be a truly handsome, aristocratic young man. Just Richard as he really was.

Well, Richard’s remains have been found….which not long ago seemed an absolutely impossible quest….so why not a long-forgotten portrait, preferably by a master?

We can dream, of course, and in the meantime there is this relatively short article about the two Mona Lisa portraits. If it turns out to be a hoax, I apologise in advance! But it did stir my grey cells, and set the Ricardian in me hoping.

http://english.qstheory.cn/culture/201302/t20130217_211327.htm

 

We can exclusively reveal …

HelicopterStarkeyspitfire

… that David Starkey has solved the mystery of Stony Stratford. As we know, three to five hundred of the Dukes of Gloucester and Buckingham’s men managed to persuade Edward V to accompany them to London and not Earl Rivers’ two thousand retainers who had taken him so far. Most of Gloucester’s adherents were in Yorkshire which is not, despite what a certain novelist may think, an inner suburb of east London.

In a Channel Four documentary to be broadcast next month, Dr. Starkey will reveal that Gloucester’s men were successful because they had the use of a squadron of Spitfires and the SAS (Special Archery Service). This was, as he points out, the era in which da Vinci designed a helicopter.

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