Buckingham Palace art collection to be on display for the first time in the gallery | Art and design

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Works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Canaletto and others have been on the walls of one of Buckingham Palace’s state rooms for two centuries, admired by guests at receptions as well as by visitors with audioguides walking around as part of the annual summer opening.Today, one of the world’s most spectacular art collections is set to be shown for the first time in an exhibition gallery, as impending work to overhaul the palace’s aging wiring and outdated lead pipes means that they must be temporarily withdrawn.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, according to Desmond Shawe-Taylor, the Queen’s photo surveyor. A total of 65 works of art will make the short trip to the Queen’s Gallery for one year.

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