The Tudors, Alexander, Napoleon and Josephine in Paris & Amsterdam.
Take a trip to Paris or Amsterdam and as you’d expect, there’s certainly no shortage of cultural heritage or architectural splendour. After all, the abundance of buildings, artworks and artefacts all play a pivotal role in defining each city’s long and distinguished history. And adding an extra historical leaning to proceedings, this month both Paris and Amsterdam see the opening of two grand exhibitions devoted to the royal dynasties and empires that have fundamentally shaped the course European history as we know it.
To Paris first and opening on March 18th at the Musée du Luxembourg is an exhibition devoted to the Tudors, successive sovereigns of the English throne from 1485 to 1603. In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in London and the first of its kind in France, the exhibition explores the impact of the Tudors on English history, society, religion and culture. Themes include its strategic position in Europe, its split from the Catholic Church and its open-arm approach to the Renaissance painters of Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, whose portraits of King Henry VIII and Queen Elisabeth I both take centre stage amongst the many exhibits.
On display until the 19th of July, the exhibition is open daily from 10am until 7pm (10pm on Mondays) and entrance costs 12€ (free for those aged 16 or under).
In Amsterdam meanwhile, the prestigious Hermitage Museum prepares to unveil an exhibition devoted to three pivotal figures in European history, Tsar Alexander I, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Joséphine. Entitled ‘Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine, a Story of Friendship, War and Art from the Hermitage’, the Hermitage looks back at the years preceding the decisive Battle of Waterloo with a presentation of over 200 magnificent paintings, sculptures, personal possessions, gowns, uniforms, objets d’art and weapons. Themes include friendship, war and politics, with a special emphasis on Joséphine’s extensive collection of artworks, on display in the Netherlands for the very first time.
Opening on the 28th of March and running through until the 8th of November, the exhibition is open daily from 10am until 5pm (closed 27th April) and entrance costs 15€ (5€ for children aged six to 16).