16 April 2013

Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. European royal courts to Jerusalem

Palace of Versailles, Paris.   16/04/2013 – 14/07/2013

The exhibition presents 250 unknown masterpieces from one of the last treasures of the Occident, the treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. Sent to the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem by the principal European rulers, some of these extraordinary works of art were revealed for the first time to the public.

The visitor discovers these sumptuous gifts which are unique in the world. Displayed according to their origin, they show how the different European rulers rivalled each other in generosity to enhance the splendour of the Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. The immense power of fascination and attraction of Jerusalem arise from this exhibition as well as the diplomatic, political and religious stakes involved.

Exhibition’s website: http://www.chateauversailles.fr/les-actualites-du-domaine/evenements/evenements/expositions/tresor-du-saint-sepulcre?archive=1 

Pieces on loan: more than hundred liturgical instruments and vestments, pieces of art and handcrafted works, historical and cultural objects as well as archival documents, among those many artistic masterpieces from the Custody’s collections.

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