Tsars and Knights, The Romanovs’ Love Affair with the Middle Ages
Knights and ladies, tournaments and courtly love. Around the beginning of the nineteenth century, a romantic longing for the Middle Ages awakens. There is talk of a revival of blooming knightly romanticism. To the anger of the French, Tsar Alexander III buys a famous art collection in Paris. It forms the basis for the Arsenal in the Hermitage St Petersburg. Romanovs under the spell of the knights brings the world of tsars and knights to life through objects from the European medieval art collection and the Arsenal of the Hermitage St. Petersburg. Among the many highlights are an illuminated copy of Roman de la Rose, a precious reliquary bust of Saint Thekla and some twenty full armor. A revival of a revival. Because you can keep falling in love with the specific romanticism of the Middle Ages.