At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol
in the 19th Century
The Hermitage • Amsterdam
The Hermitage • Amsterdam centre is opened with the exhibition At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century, one of the biggest temporary exhibitions among the exhibitions that have ever taken place in Amsterdam. Over 2000 exhibits from the collection of the State Hermitage will be presented at the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre from June 20th, 2009 till January 31st, 2010. The exposition tells about the Russian Imperial Court of the 19th century, its traditions, ceremonials and the courtiers, about the times of six emperors, the first of which was the son of Catherine the Great Pavel I and the sixth was the last in the ruling dynasty Nicholas II.
The ceremonial portraits, the unique engravings, the invaluable diplomatic gifts, the splendid dresses and uniforms from the richest collections of the Hermitage are called upon to recreate the atmosphere of one of the most brilliant courts of Europe of the time.
Among the works of art the following should be noted particularly: the portrait of Nicholas II by Ilya Repin and the portraits of the daughter of Pavel I Anna Pavlovna and her husband King of the Netherlands William II by the Belgian artist Nicaise de Keyser and by the Dutch master N. Peinemann. Both works were restored specially for At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century exhibition with financial support from the Hermitage Friends Society in the Netherlands.
In whole the fine art restorers of the Hermitage carried out much work by restoring approximately 500 monuments including fine art canvases and graphic leaves, furniture and jewellery, costumes and porcelain, weapons and musical instruments.
The examples of the applied art are presented wonderfully. The fine jewellery
and snuffboxes are made by such
The central topic of the exhibition is the life of the Imperial Court, its ceremonial and festive sides. Although the private life of the Royal family for whom the Winter Palace was not just the ceremonial residence but also the place of permanent stay is paid fair attention.
The design of the exhibition was developed by one of the leading
Information for visitors at the exhibition is presented
in the form of the traditional text annotations and