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See a stunning piece of art at the Banqueting House for things to do in London

Published: Tuesday 21st of August 2012

Tourists who would enjoy visiting a hidden gem in the English capital could opt for a trip to the historic Banqueting House for things to do in London.

Art lovers are in for a particular treat, as the intriguing building features Rubens's ceiling, which is the only surviving in-situ painting by Peter Paul Rubens.

One of the most famous pieces from what is often described as a golden age of painting, the masterwork is made up of two canvasses measuring 28x20ft, while the other two are 40x10ft.

The three main canvasses depict The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I.

Rubens himself noted that large works were his forte, writing in a 1621 letter to James I's agent: "I confess that I am, by natural instinct, better fitted to execute very large works than small curiosities."

The Banqueting House is intertwined with royal history, like many London attractions, and it was here that Charles I was executed in 1649.

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Posted by Georgina Black

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