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The exhibition will be accompanied by a handsome, richly illustrated catalogue in Dutch and English, featuring four scholarly essays, twelve shorter articles on various aspects of the exhibition, a family tree of the Romanovs, an explanation of the complex hierarchy of the Russian court, and detailed descriptions of the objects.
The opening exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam, At the Russian Court.
Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century, recreates one of the most magnificent courts in Europe, as experienced through more than 1,800 remarkable objects from the State Hermitage Museums collections in St Petersburg, including impressive portraits, grand landscapes, costly gifts, glorious gowns, sumptuous uniforms and other splendid costumes.
St Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as his window on the West.
In 1712 the city took over from Moscow as the capital of Russia.