Tsars and Knights

The Romanovs’ Love Affair with the Middle Ages

Straight from the State Hermitage’s world-famous medieval art collection and the Arsenal, the Hermigate Amsterdam presents 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! And Nicholas I, de ‘chivalrous tsar’, created an Arsenal filled with unique suits of armour and antique weapons.

Tsars and Knights is on view at the Hermitage until 9 of January 2022.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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