Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The royals of the Vatican

Queen Silvia and Princess Beatrix at the Rembrandt exhibition in the Vatican
(photo koninklijkhuis twitter)

It's a major art exhibition marking a major anniversary and it's just been given a very regal start. Queen Silvia of Sweden has officially opened the first ever display of Rembrandt's works at the Vatican in the presence of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.

The two royal women, who have known one another for many years, toured the display of works by Rembrandt on November 23rd - it opens to the public on November 24th for an exhibition which will run until February 27th 2017.

They saw some of the 55 etchings by the artist which are on loan from the Swedish Zorn Museum and the painting 'Tronie of an Old Man with Turban' which is owned by the Dutch Kremer Collection.

Queen Silvia gave a short speech to officially open the exhibition which is running as part of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. At the end of October, Silvia and her husband, King Carl XVI Gustaf, welcomed Pope Francis to Sweden for commemorations marking the anniversary and during their recent State Visit to Germany they went to Wittenberg where Martin Luther pinned his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints Church in 1517, seen as the starting point of the Reformation.

Silvia is set to spend another day at the Vatican - on November 24th she will take part in the seminar 'Narcotics: Problems and Solutions to this Global Issue'.

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