At the Russian Court, Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century


The inaugural exhibition of Hermitage Amsterdam, At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century,was one of the most lavish ever presented in Europe, and one of the largest – with more than 1,800 objects on loan from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

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“At the Russian Court” recreated life at the Russian court during the nineteenth century. This period spanned the reigns of six tsars, from the little-known Paul I, son of Catherine the Great, to the tragic Nicholas I. Visitors were transported back to the era of the last six Romanov Tsars who resided in the Winter Palace at the Neva river in St. Petersburg.

The exhibition took up the entire building. The large halls were set up to focus on two important aspects of the lavish lifestyle at court: court protocol and the court ball. In the Audience Room, where protocol was strictly observed, visitors marvelled at formal gowns, court attire, and the famous Romanov throne. The Ballroom invited you to a whirling dance festival, with magnificent costumes and where countless stunning accessories were on display. Next to the large rooms, the display cabinets informed visitors all about St. Petersburg, the Tsars, their family, the ceremonies, and the lavish banquets and balls. This catalogue forms a companion to this staggering exhibition.

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Vyacheslav Fjodorov





Publication date

March 2010


De Nieuwe Kerk/Hermitage Amsterdam


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