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3 Ivan Kramskoy Portrait of Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna (wife of Tsar Alexander III) wearing a tiara, necklace and brooch of brilliant-cut diamonds, 1881

Exhibitions

14 September 2019
— 16 October 2020
Jewels!
The Glitter of the Russian Court
One of the Hermitage’s greatest treasures is the fabulous jewellery collection. Hundreds of them superbly sparkle in Jewels!. Together with many portraits and a profusion of richly decorated gowns and ensembles once worn by the highest echelons at the Russian court in St Petersburg, they represent two centuries in fashion and jewels. Meet the country’s flamboyant empresses – Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great – as well as grand dukes and duchesses, tsarinas and noble fashionistas of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. For balls and parties they wore dazzling costumes, set off by bijoux carefully selected to demonstrate identity, taste, breeding and wealth. Jewellery might also be designed to provoke or convey secret messages. Pieces were ordered from leading houses like Cartier and Fabergé. Many pieces were lost following the Russian Revolution. Jewels! presents a glittering array of surviving masterpieces, situated in ballrooms and boudoirs like those of the tsars’ Winter Palace.
from 7 november
Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century
Look at us! Dutch society in 30 group portraits
from 7 november
Outsider Art Museum
Intriguing, unpolished art by people with extraordinary backgrounds
from 7 november
Exhibition winner ABN AMRO Art Prize
Evelyn Taocheng Wang is the ninth winner of the ABN AMRO Art Prize.
from 7 november
Outsider Art Gallery
from 7 november
Panorama Amsterdam

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Tsars and Knights
Expected: from November 7, 2020

Tsars and Knights

The Romanovs' love affair with the Middle ages

Expected: from November 7, 2020

Straight from the State Hermitage’s world-famous medieval art collection and the Arsenal, we present an amazing tale of knights and ladies, of courtly love and of chivalric tournaments. Fascination with the Middle Ages was widespread throughout nineteenth-century Europe and the tsars shared in it to the full. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III snapped up a celebrated art collection including countless medieval objets d’art just as it was to be auctioned off in Paris. The entire French art world was in shock! Nicholas I, de ‘chivalrous tsar’, created an Arsenal filled with unique suits of armour and antique weapons. Now, for the first time, top items from these two collections are coming to Western Europe. Star works are Hugo van der Goes’s phenomenal triptych The Adoration of the Magi and a true Garden of Earthly Delights by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch. And a host of outstanding ecclesiastical treasures, including renowned Limoges enamels. Among the real eye-openers is a magnificent, 500-year-old manuscript of the Roman de la Rose, the much-discussed, erotically charged bestseller of the Middle Ages. And, for the knight-errant or romantic medieval damsel in you: a spectacular jousting display featuring superb suits of armour – including one worn by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V!

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