Upcoming: a special exhibition ‘A curious Tsar: Peter the Great’February 13, 2013
A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering nature’s secrets in Amsterdam
Presenting: a special exhibition in The Ritman Library. Remarkable, intriguing and above all curious. ‘A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering nature’s secrets in Amsterdam‘ shows printed works and engravings highlighting this extraordinary Tsar and the Scotsman Robert Erskine, and their shared interest in the wonders of the world.
The renowned Russian Tsar Peter the Great was no ordinary statesman. He lifted his country out of the Middle Ages and founded a new capital: St Petersburg, inspired as he was by his first visit, in 1697, to the liberal city of Amsterdam, where he walked along the river Amstel.
Running parallel to this exhibition on the inspired Tsar in the Hermitage is a special exhibition in The Ritman Library on Peter the Great as a curious Tsar.
More than willing to learn about the secrets of nature and gathering a circle of like-minded men around him, such as his chymical physician Robert Erskine. Erskine’s interest in alchemical medicine makes this exhibition a fitting companion to our current Alchemy on the Amstel exhibition. Erskine also played a central role in satisfying Peter de Great’s fascination for Kunstkammer and other cabinets of curiosities.
An exhibition catalogue including an introduction by Robert Collis will be available in our webshop soon.