Visit this temporary exhibition about beauty, debauchery and decadent art at the late Stuart Court. 5 April - 30 September 2012.
Find out why people went to such lengths to be seen as beautiful in the Court of Charles II.
Discover the darker side to beauty at the Restoration Court.
The second prized position for a lady was to become the King's mistress. Discover some of Charles II's mistresses.
Competition was fierce with aristocratic men and women competing with each other to enhance their popularity.
Find out about the Baroque art that has helped us understand what beauty meant in the 1660s.
Paintings were the perfect way to enhance the beauty of the sitter. Discover some of the exhibition's treasures.
Who is your favourite royal mistress?
Beauty, sex and power
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