This section of the website offers an overview of upcoming exhibitions relevant to the field of court studies. The information will also be published in The Court Historian. View past exhibitions & currently on-going:
Amsterdam, Hermitage Amsterdam, Jewels! The Glitter of the Russian Court, 4 September 2019 - 15 March 2020. Includes portraits and a profusion of richly jewelled costumes, worn by Empresses Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great and many others, before 1917.
Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, The Silver Vault, from 9 November 2018. A new permanent exhibition displaying Tableware for Royal Dining and Snuffboxes in Frederick the Great’s New Wing, including the 600 piece silver service, made between 1904-1914, given by 414 Prussian cities to the last crown prince as a wedding present, but never used.
Berlin, Deutches Historisches Museum, The Humboldt Brothers, 22 November 2019 to 19 April 2020. Alexander von Humboldt was a favourite chamberlain and courtier of the kings of Prussia, as well as a polymath.
Berlin, Jagdschloss Grunewald, The Court and the Hunt, a new permanent exhibition.
Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum, The Worlds of Rococo, from 21 March 2019. A new presentation of the porcelain and faience collection. The eighteenth century was the century of porcelain or ‘white gold’, to which princes, nobles and well-to-do bourgeois were addicted.
Berlin, Schönhausen Palace, Traces of Time from 350 Years of History. A permanent exhibition in the former palace of the wife of Frederick II, including some of the treasures of the Dohna family.
Budapest, Hungarian National Gallery, Philip de László, October 2019 to January 2020. One of the last European court painters.
Dallas, Museum of Art, Islamic Art from the Keir Collection, from 16 April 2017. 2000 works assembled by the late Edmund de Unger, including many works commissioned for courts and monarchs, such as books from the library of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II.
Dresden, Residenzschloss, 500 Years of the Coin Cabinets: The History of the Collection, 13 April 2019 to 19 January 2020.
Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The King’s Last Day: The Execution of Charles I, until 26 January 2020.
Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, 22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020. Leonardo was both a genius and a courtier, working for, among others, the Duke of Milan, Cesare Borgia and Francois Ier.
Florence, Museo Gallileo, Leonardo and His Books, from April 2019.
Helsinki, Ateneum Art Museum, Ilya Repin, 2021. Despite radical sympathies, Repin often painted Alexander III and Nicholas II.
Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nefertari: Queen of Egypt, from 15 November 2019.
Krakow, National Museum, Leonardo da Vinci: Lady with an Ermine, until 17 May 2020.
Lisbon, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, The Rise of Islamic Art: from the End of the Ottoman Empire to the Age of Oil, 11 July to 9 October 2019. The disintegration of the Ottoman Empire made it easier for Gulbenkian to collect its art.
London, British Museum, Troy, 21 November 2019 to 8 March 2020.
London, Kensington Palace, Victoria: A Royal Childhood, from 24 May 2019.
London, Kensington Palace, Victoria: Woman and Crown, from 24 May 2019.
London, The Queen’s Gallery, George IV: Art and Spectacle, 15 November 2019 to 4 May 2020.
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, Their Majesties’ Retiring Room, 9 April to 24 November 2019. This exhibition recreates the original aspect of Room 39, known as Their Majesties’ Retiring Room. First opened in 1828, it was intended as a portrait gallery of the Bourbon Dynasty. The images on display were accompanied by still lifes, floral compositions and landscapes and by paintings of events in the reigns of Charles III and Ferdinand VII. This installation will include some of the furnishings made for this space, including Ferdinand VII’s toilet.
Mantua, Museo di Palazzo Ducale-Castello di San Giorgio, Giulio Romano in Mantua, 6 October 2019 to 6 January 2020. A painter for the Gonzaga court.
Milan, Palazzo Reale, Leonardo’s “Last Supper” for Francis 1: a masterpiece of silk and silver, 7 October 2019 to 12 January 2020.
Milan, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Leonardo and His School, until January 2020.
Moscow, Kremlin Museums, Peter the Great’s Russia: from Tsardom to Empire, November 2019 to February 2020. There is also a new permanent exhibition on Treasures and Antiquities of the Moscow Kremlin.
Munich, Alte Pinakothek, Anthony Van Dyck, 1599-1641, 25 October 2019 to 2 February 2020.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination, 24 July 2019 to 26 January 2020.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Last Knight. The Art, Armour and Amibition of Maximilian I, 3 October 2019 to 5 January 2020. More than 180 objects include the largest group of armour created for Maximilian and his descendants, relatives, and allies, from the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Albertina in Vienna and the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck.
New York, The Metropolitcan Museum of Art, Making Marvels: Art, Technology and Entertainment at the Courts of Europe, 19 November 2019 to 1 March 2020. Among the many exceptional loans are silver furniture from the Esterházy Treasury; the largest flawless natural green diamond in the world, weighing 41 carats and in its original 18th-century setting; the alchemistic table bell of Emperor Rudolf II; a wire-drawing bench made for Elector Augustus of Saxony; and a reconstruction of a late 18th-century semi-automaton chess player, known as “The Turk”, which once caught Bonaparte cheating.
Paris, Louvre, Leonardo, 24 October 2019 to 24 February 2020.
Paris, Petit Palais, Luca Giordano (1634-1705) Le Triomphe Du Baroque Napolitain, 16 October 2019 to 31 January 2020. Worked for the King of Spain and the Viceroy of Naples.
Paris, Petit Palais, Ilya Repin, 2020. Painted Alexander III and Nicholas II, despite his radical sympathies.
St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, A Sweet Artistic Impression: Count Stroganov’s Collection, 28 June to 13 October 2019.
Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Early Rubens, 12 October 2019 to 5 January 2020.
Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Versailles Revival, 1867 -1937, 15 October 2019 to 15 February 2020.
Vinci, Museo Leonardino, Leonardo, from April 2019.
Warsaw, Royal Castle, The World of the Polish Vasas, October 2019 to January 2020.