Hermitage Amsterdam Celebrates Its Opening with "At the Russian Court" ~ a Sumptuous Exhibition

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Mihály Zichy - State Banquet in the Concert Hall in honour of a visit by Wilhelm I, 1873, Watercolour & pencil Courtesy of State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

Amsterdam,
NL –The inaugural exhibition of Hermitage Amsterdam, At the Russian Court. Palace and Protocol in the
19th Century
, promises to be one of the most lavish ever
presented in Europe, and one of the
largest.
  With more than
2,200 objects on loan from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, the
exhibition will fill the Amstelhof—the historic, newly restored home of
Hermitage Amsterdam—from 20 June 2009 to 31 January 2010,
as it recreates life at the Russian court during the nineteenth century: a
period that spanned the reigns of six tsars, from the little-known Paul I, son
of Catherine the Great, to the tragic Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia.