Art and the decorative arts

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The Royal Collection

Much of the fine and decorative art on display across our palaces remains part of the Royal Collection, one of the largest and most important art collections in the world. The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen for her successors and the nation, and is housed in 13 royal residences and historic palaces across the UK.

Many artworks can be seen in the historic settings and royal apartments for which they were originally commissioned or acquired. Others are displayed in temporary exhibitions or in purpose-built galleries, including the Cumberland Art Gallery and Mantegna Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

You can find further information at rct.uk/collections, the online catalogue for the Royal Collection.

The Cumberland Art Gallery

Meet the Masters

Download the Historic Royal Palaces podcast and join Andrew Graham-Dixon in a panel discussion analysing the lives of iconic artists Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Caravaggio. This podcast is a recording of a ticketed event called 'Meet the masters', which was held ahead of the opening of the Cumberland Art Gallery. This free podcast was first made available on iTunes in December 2014.

'Meet the Masters' on iTunes
Portraits and other works of art on display at the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.
Things to see

Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, van Dyck, and more at the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Vertical shot looking straight up at Rubens' Ceiling at Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Things to see Highlights

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Triumphs of Caesar in the Mantegna Gallery of Hampton Court Palace
Things to see

See The Triumphs of Caesar, one of the great treasures of the Royal Collection, in the Mantegna Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

10:30-13:00 and 14:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

This exquisite real pearl bracelet features a Swarovski gold crystal ball attached.The elegant and subtle real pearl bracelet comes in a presentation gift box

Sparkling Swarovski gold crystal ball real pearl bracelet

This exquisite real pearl bracelet features a Swarovski gold crystal ball with real pearls.

£35.00

This red crown tree decoration has been blown by mouth from glass and is beautifully hand decorated with a thin layer of silver plate added to the inside.

Red crown glass tree decoration

Crowns and coronets are symbolic of royalty and this red crown decoration is the perfect way to remember your visit to the palace.

£14.99

Written by Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, this book explores Hampton Court Palace's rich history.

The story of Hampton Court Palace

Written by Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, this book explores Hampton Court Palace's rich history.

£14.95