Kings of the World: Expressions of Royal Power and the Arts: Masterpieces From The Al Thani Collection

8 September 2018 - 8 October 2018 Chateau De Fontainebleau, France
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Featuring approximately 60 objects from the collection, this exhibition uses ancient sculpture, works of art, metalwork, coins, miniature paintings, weapons and jewellery to explore the image of the king and that of royal power throughout the ages and civilisations, from Sumerian royalty (around 2000 BC) to 19th-century European monarchies, via Pharaonic Egypt, the ancient Near East, Ottoman sultans and Mughal emperors.

Through taking a fresh look at items full of history and meaning, the exhibition aims to show how royal power is staged and asserted by representing the person of the sovereign and showcasing his emblems. Highlights range from a sword of Suleyman the Magnificent to the Catherine the Great emerald brooch. The exhibition is curated by Vincent Droguet, General Curator, Director of Heritage and Collections at the Château de Fontainebleau.