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:


Berlin, Jagdschloss Grunewald, The Court and the Hunt, a new permanent exhibition.

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.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855, 4 August 2017 to January 2018.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Canaletto and the Art of Venice, 19 May to 12 November 2017.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Charles II: Art and Power, 8 December 2017 to 13 May 2018.

London Royal Academy, Charles I, King and Collector, 25 January to 15 April 2018. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of th foundation of the Royal Academy by George III, the exhibition reunites pictures from the legendary collection of Charles I, only 200 (out of a total of 1,200) of which were reacquired by Charles II.

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, 30 September 2017 - 25 February 2018. Beginning at the court of Mantua, opera became a favourite form of entertainment for the courts of Europe.

Lunéville, Château des Lumières, Lunéville et Germain Boffrand (1667-1754), 30 June 2017 to 15 June 2018. Boffrand rebuilt Luneville as the principal residence of the Dukes of Lorraine.

Neuburg an der Donau, Schloss and Court Church, Princely Power and True Beliefs. Reformation and Counter-Reformation, 15 July to 15 November 2017 see www.fuerstenmacht.de.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, 27 February to 28 May 2018.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Les Visiteurs de Versailles 1682-1789, 9 April to 29 July 2018.

Norwich, Sainsbury Centre, Royal Fabergé, 14 October 2017 to 11 February 2018.

Paris, Louvre, Power Plays, September 27 2017 to July 2 2018 - The Petite Galerie exhibition for 2017–2018 focuses on the connection between art and political power. The exhibition is divided into four sections:

  • “Princely Roles”: The first room presents the king’s functions— priest, builder, warrior/protector—as portrayed through different artistic media. Notable examples are Philippe de Champaigne’s Louis XIII, Léonard Limosin’s enamel Crucifixion Altarpiece, and the Triad of Osorkon II from ancient Egypt.
  • “Legitimacy through Persuasion”: The focus in the second room is on the emblematic figure of Henri IV, initially a king in search of legitimacy, then a model for the Bourbon heirs from Louis XVI to the Restoration.
  • “The Antique Model”: The theme of the third room is the equestrian statue. The Louvre is home to several remarkable examples, among them the Barberini Ivory leaf, a bronze of Charles the Bald, and François Girardon’s Louis XIV.
  • “The Insignia of Power”: In the fourth room majestic portraits of monarchs, including Antoine-François Callet’s Louis XVI and François Gérard’s Napoleon I, are accompanied by the regalia used during the coronation of the kings of France.

In addition, five themed tours of the Louvre’s permanent collection are proposed:

  1. The King as Artist and Patron,
  2. The Powers of the Roman emperor,
  3. The Pharaoh,
  4. Royal Roles and Representational Codes in the Ancient East,
  5. The Islamic Sovereign.

Follow the exhibition on the social networks: #PetiteGalerie #PowerPlays

Paris, Louvre, La France vue du Grand Siècle. Dessins d’Israël Silvestre (1621-1691), 15 March to 25 June 2018.

Potsdam, Schloss Glienecke, Court Gardeners Museum, a new permanent exhibition on Prussian court gardeners.

Speyer, Historical Museum of the Pfalz, Richard the Lionheart, 17 September 2017 to 15 April 2018. www.loewenherz-ausstellung.de.

Versailles, Bilbiotheque Municipale, L’art equestre, de l’instrument de pouvoir a l’objet de collection, April to June 2018

Versailles, Château de, Louis-Philippe and Versailles, 2018

Versailles, Chateau de, Les Visiteurs de Versailles, 24 October to 25 February 2018.

Vienna, Hofmobiliendepot and Kaiserliche Wagenburg, Maria Theresia, 15 March to 29 November 2017. To commemorate the 300th anniversary of her birth. There are also exhibitions in the castles of Schloss Hof and Niederweiden. They deal with wars and alliances; reforms; the dynasty; and court life. For further information see www.mariatheresia2017.at.

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, In Her Majesty’s Hand: Medals of Maria Theresa, 28 March 2017 to 18 February 2018.

Vizille, Chateau de, near Grenoble, La Splendeur des Lesdiguières le Domaine de Vizille au XVIème siècle, 23 June 2017 to 12 March 2018.