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:


Athens (USA), Georgia Museum of Art, The Reluctant Autocrat: Tsar Nicholas II, until 17 March 2019.

Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, The Prussian Royal House, from 9 November 2018. The new permanent exhibition presents various aspects of the centuries-old rule of the Hohenzollern Dynasty.

Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, The Silver Vault, A permanent exhibition displaying Tableware for Royal Dining and Snuffboxes in Frederick the Great's New Wing.

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.

Berlin, Märkisches Museum im Stadtmuseum, Berlin 18/19: The Long Life of the November Revolution, until 19 May 2019. The overthrow of the German Empire a hundred years ago.

Berlin, Schönhausen Palace, Traces of Time from 350 Years of History.

Bonn, Bundeskunsthalle, Goethe: Transformation of the World, 17 May to 15 September 2019. Goethe was a state official and courtier of the Duke of Weimar.

Brussels, Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Inca Dress Code: Textiles and Adornment from the Andes, until 24 March 2019.

Budapest, Hungarian National Gallery, Philip de László, October 2019 to January 2020. One of the last European court painters.

Chantilly, Musée Condé, Eugène Lami: Peintre et décorateur de la famille d’Orléans, 23 February to 19 May 2019

Dallas, Museum of Art, Islamic Art from the Keir Collection, from 16 April 2017. A fifteen-year loan exhibition, 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. A new exhibition in the same palace on The Rise of Electoral Power in Saxony includes costumes, armour, weapons and portraits.

Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The King’s Last Day: The Execution of Charles I, until 26 January 2020.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Charles II: Art and Power, 23 November 2018 to 2 June 2019.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, 22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020.

Florence, Museo Gallileo, Leonardo and His Books, from April 2019. Leonardo was both a genius and a courtier, working for, among others, the Duke of Milan, Cesare Borgia and Francois Ier.

Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony, 10 February to 28 April 2019.

Girona, La Caixa Community Projects Girona Exhibition Hall, Pharoah: King of Egypt, 20 February to 25 August 2019.

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, Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria’s Palace, 20 July to 29 September 2019.

London, British Museum, Troy, 21 November 2019 to 8 March 2020.

London, Kensington Palace, Victoria 200, 2019. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth in this palace, there will be a new display on her childhood and an exhibition about her role as queen, empress, wife and mother. Hopefully items from the much missed Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection will also return to the palace from their current location in storage in Hampton Court.

London, National Portrait Gallery, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, 21 February - 19 May 2019.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, 24 May to 13 October 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 paintings of events in the reigns of Charles III and Ferdinand VII. This installation will include 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.

Milan, Castello Sforzesco, Leonardo, 16 May to 18 August 2019.

Moscow, Kremlin Museums, Peter the Great’s Russia: from Tsardom to Empire, November 2019 to February 2020. In addition there is 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.

Munich, Kunsthalle München, Samurai: the Splendour of Japanese Chivalry, 1 February to 30 June 2019.

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Last Knight, 3 October 2019 to 5 January 2020. On Emperor Maximilian I.

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.

Paris, Grande Hall de la Villette, Tutankhamun’s Treasure, 23 March to 15 September 2019.

Paris, Louvre, Engraving for the King: The Chalcography Collections, 21 February to 20 May 2019.

Paris, Louvre, Forgotten Kingdoms: Heirs of the Hittite Empire, 2 May to 12 August 2019.

Paris, Louvre, Leonardo, 24 October 2019 to 24 February 2020.

Paris, Musée des Art Décoratifs, The Follies of a Maharajah: The Modern Collection of Indore’s Maharajah, 18 April to 21 July 2019.

Paris, Musée Guimet, The Court of Lahore (1801-39), 20 February to 27 May 2019.

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Musée d’Archeologie nationale, Henry II in Saint-Germain-en-laye, 30 March to 14 July 2019.

San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Art and Empire: the Golden Age of Spain, 18 May to 2 September 2019.

St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, Imperial Splendour: the Treasures of the Great Mughals from the Al Thani and Hermitage Collections, 17 June to 25 August 2019.

St Petersburg, State Herimitage 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.

Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, from April to 2 September 2019.

Turin, Palazzo Madama, Madame Reali: Cultura E Potere Da Parigi A Torino, 21 December 2018 to 6 May 2019.

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Architectural Projects, 3 May to 3 August 2019.

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Madame de Maintenon, 15 April to 21 July 2019.

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Versailles Revival, 1867 -1937, 15 October 2019 to 15 February 2020.

Vinci, Museo Leonoardino, Leonardo, from April 2019.

Warsaw, Royal Castle, The House of Vasa’s Jewellery, May to August 2019.

Warsaw, Royal Castle, The World of Polish Vasas, October 2019 to January 2020.

Washington D.C., Freer I Sackler, Empress of China’s Forbidden City 1644-1912, 30 March to 23 June 2019.