The forgotten princesses of Thorn

Oct. 3, 2021 until April 3, 2022

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On 3 October 2021, the exhibition ‘The forgotten princesses of Thorn’ opens at the Limburgs Museum. This unique exhibition traces the lives of several of these princesses and gives an extraordinary glimpse into European aristocratic life in the eighteenth century. A life of tremendous freedom for that day and age, filled with pomp and grandeur, yet also a life led in a gilded cage.

Historically, it is rare to see women described as autonomous actors with independent identities. With this exhibition, the Limburgs Museum shatters the historical invisibility of women.

I consider liberty a great advantage. When one is married, one is necessarily subjugated, having chosen a master. It is more pleasant to be master oneself.

In the eighteenth century, Thorn in modern-day Limburg was a tiny independent state in the Holy Roman Empire, where princesses and countesses ruled. As high nobility, these ladies lived in luxury and were perpetually in the spotlight.

The forgotten princesses of Thorn presents artworks and objects from more than fifty museums across Europe and the US. Most, from state portraits to splendid gowns and jewels, have never before been shown in the Netherlands.

Guest curator: Dr Joost Welten

Prinses Cunegonda (Gal.-Nr. 601) door Pietro Antonio Graf Rotari © Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Foto: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut

Tomorrow we are open from 11:00 until 17:00.

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