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KINGS OF THE WORLD. EXPRESSION OF ROYAL POWER AND THE ARTS : MASTERPIECES FROM THE AL THANI COLLECTION

Head curator of exhibition : Vincent Droguet, general curator of patrimony, director of patrimony and collections at the Château de Fontainebleau Scenography : Agence Graf


Since high antiquity, the role of the king has been depicted in numerous and highly codified ways. The ways that the royal image is diffused reveals the struggles for power, schemas of thought and ambitions of a whole society. Royal iconography is often fueled by an association with sacredness, but in the East as well as the West, the king is also depicted as a master of war or of hunting.

Combining sculpture, works of art, jewelry, coins, miniatures, and objects of war loaned by the Al Thani Fondation, this exhibition explores the image of the king across centuries and civilizations. Traversing Ancient Sumer (around 2000 B.C.) to 19th century Europe, it also explores the pharaohs of Egypt, the ancient Near East, Ottoman sultans, and Mughal emperors. Offering a fresh reinterpretation of numerous historically-charged objects, this exhibition aims to demonstrate how royal power is produced and sustained by visual culture.

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