European Alliances

The exhibition in Dresden in the Residenzschloss “Mit Fortuna übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark – Ehen und Allianzen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709)“ (Crossing the Sea with Fortuna. Saxony and Denmark – Marriages and Alliances mirrored in Art [1548-1709]) will bring together around 250 top-quality works of art which illustrate the lively cultural exchange between the courts in Dresden and Copenhagen. In addition, they will document the Saxon-Danish marriages which took place in 1548, 1602, 1634 and 1666. The exhibition will pay special attention to the princesses, who played a particularly important role in fostering cultural exchange. More than half the exhibits have been selected from the holdings of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, these mainly being from the Grünes Gewölbe and the Rüstkammer, with some objects also taken from the Kupferstich-Kabinett, the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the Münzkabinett, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Skulpturensammlung. Around 100 works of art from the Royal Collections at Rosenborg Palace will be on display. Other Danish institutions providing loans include Frederiksborg Palace, the National Museum in Copenhagen and the Royal Library. Superb works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods still testify to the magnificent art collections assembled by the Saxon-Danish couples, the opulent dowries of the brides and the gifts they exchanged. Exquisite objects of treasury art document the high standard of princely connoisseurship and courtly representation. Among the large number of works on display will be important paintings, precious items of jewellery, delicate turned ivory objects, medals and glasses, as well as princely tools, ceremonial weapons and courtly robes. A selection of drawings which have never before been on public display will vividly illustrate the festivities held in 1709.