Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600 - 1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum


This exhibition is the Gallery’s second instalment of the Great Collections of the World series.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has one of the greatest collections of European decorative art of the 17th and 18th centuries, from the miniature to the monumental. Over ninety masterpieces from these magnificent collections have been selected for this exhibition, including painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, metalwork and furniture, textiles and dress, prints and drawings.


These pieces were acquired and used by European men and women of power, wealth and taste. Many were made by Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen, using precious materials from around the world. They come from all corners of the continent – from Britain and France, Italy and Germany, Russia and Spain, Austria and Belgium, Holland and Sweden.

The exhibition presents a series of themes encapsulating important aspects of courtly life in Europe. It begins with an opening section looking at power and patronage in Europe between 1600 and 1800, presenting key figures from European courts who were great patrons of the arts. The following sections focus on four different aspects of courtly life: the importance of war; the role of religion; the peaceful arts of the domestic interior and the magnificence of personal adornment.

Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600 - 1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a unique opportunity to see world-class masterpieces, usually on display in London. Perth is the exclusive Australian destination for this remarkable display of European masterpieces.

Exhibition Organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Last reviewed 5 January 2012