Past Exhibitions

This section of the website offers an overview of former exhibitions relevant to the field of court studies. The information is also published in The Court Historian. Current exhibitions:


2017-2018 period

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

2015-2016 period

Amsterdam, Hermitage, Alexander, Napoleon and Josephine, 28 March to 18 October 2015.

Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Asia in Amsterdam: The Asian culture shock of the Golden Age, 16 October 2015 to 17 January 2016.

Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Stories in Metal: Art and Power in European Medals, until 18 October 2015.

Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, Women’s Business: How Brandenburg became Prussia, 21 August to 22 November 2015. 2015 marks 600 years since the Hohenzollern dynasty became Electors of Brandenburg in 1415. For five centuries, this family shaped the development of Brandenburg, Prussia, Berlin and Germany more than any other. This exhibition will be the first to focus on Hohenzollern women, and their influence on the fortunes of the state.

Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Europalia Turkey-Istanbul, 13 October 2015 to 24 January 2016.

Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Europalia Turkey: Myths and Rituals, 6 October 2015 to 17 January 2016.

Cologne, Stadtmuseum, Attention Prussia!, 30 May to 18 October 2015.

Dallas, Meadows Museum, Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting, 4 September 2015 to 3 January 2016.

Doha, Museum of Islamic Art, The Hunt: Masterpieces from Qatari and Turkish Royal Collections, 16 September 2015 to 9 January 2016.

Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Firenze Capitale 1865-2015: the Savoia at Palazzo Pitti, 19 November 2015 to 3 April 2016.

Kassel, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Image and Message: Cranach in the Service of the Court and the Reformation, 21 August to 29 November 2015.

London, Buckingham Palace, Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden, 20 March to 11 October 2015.

London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pierre-Paul Prud’hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman, 23 June to 15 November 2015.

London, National Gallery, Goya: The Portraits, 7 October 2015 to 10 January 2016. Goya was a court painter of Charles IV and Ferdinand VII.

London, National Maritime Museum, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution, 20 November 2015 to 28 March 2016.

London, Royal Academy, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 24 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. The exhibition will focus on five key aspects of hi career: his time in Constantinople (1738-42) where he painted ambassadors, officials and travellers; his two sojourns in London in 1753 and in 1773, when he exhibited works at the Royal Academy; his engagement with the royal courts of Europe; and his life in Geneva, where he settled in 1757.

London, Tower of London, Coins and Kings: The Royal Mint at the Tower, from May 2013.

Los Angeles, Huntingdon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Magna Carta: Law and Legend, 13 June to 12 October 2015.

Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Apollo and Arachne: Tapestries from the Collection of Louis XIV, 15 December 2015 to 1 May 2016.

Naples, Palazzo Reale, Murat, King of Naples, May to October 2015.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kongo: Power and Majesty, 17 September 2015 to 3 January 2016.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Between the Old and the New: Middle Kingdom Egypt, 6 October 2015 to 24 January 2016.

Paris, Grand Palais, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 21 September 2015 to 11 January 2016. A favourite painter of Marie Antoinette.

Paris, Musée Guimet, The Ancient Kingdoms of Korea, 1 September 2015 to 31 January 2016.

Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, The Book of Kings: The Peck Shahnamah at Princeton, 3 October 2015 to 24 January 2016.

San Francisco, Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking, 19 September 2015 to 10 January 2016. Watch-maker to kings and emperors.

St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg: a Centre of European Enlightenment, November 2015 to February 2016.

Taipei, National Palace Museum, The Tricentennial of Giuseppe Castiglione’s Arrival in China, October to December 2015. Castiglione was a painter at the court of the Chinese Emperor.

Torgau, Hartenfels Palace, Luther and the Princes: The Public Portrayal and Self-Image of Rulers in the Age of Reformation, 15 May to 31 October 2015.

Versailles, Château de, The King is Dead!, 26 October 2015 to 21 February 2016. To commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the death of Louis XIV.

Warsaw, Royal Castle, Napoleon I: the Legend of the Arts, 11 September to 13 December 2015.

Windsor, Windsor Castle Royal Library and Gallery, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015, 31 January 2015 to 13 January 2016.