The Dresden Court, 1580–1620
October 26, 2004–January 30, 2005
Accompanied by a catalogue
Featuring more than 250 major works of art from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden—and especially from the Green Vault, a world-renowned treasure-chamber museum that has been preserved in its original design over the centuries—this exhibition illustrates the richness of one of the most spectacular princely collections of Europe, the Dresden Kunstkammer, around 1600. During this period of unusual economic prosperity, the Electors of Saxony amassed exotic materials and precious stones mounted with gold and silver, ivory turnings, ebony furniture, clocks and automatons, arms and armor, and sculpture, including several bronzes by Giambologna.