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Will Gompertz reviews Charles II: Art & Power ★★★★☆

December 8, 2017
Charles II: Art & Power

There is something hauntingly contemporary about this exhibition.

It starts with a disgruntled England, which has made a cataclysmic decision to break with an imperfect but effective Europe-entwined institution that has been the basis for the country’s social, economic, and political life.

We’d be better off without ’em, is the feeling.

The Irish and Scots are not so sure, but the will of a group of charismatic and self-righteous metropolitan politicians prevails, and people are warily readying themselves for a collective leap into the dark.

The population is divided on the matter, split like a pair of cheap trousers.