Exhibition The Eagle and Three Crowns

The Polish-Swedish Neighbourhood over the Baltic

Royal Castle in Warsaw
from April 8 till July 7, 2002

The topic of the exhibition are Polish-Swedish relations in 16th-18th century illustrated by the most interesting objects from the collections of both countries. One of its main goals is a wide presentation of Polonica from Swedish Collections, most of all from the Gripsholm Castle, the Royal Armoury, the Military Museum, the Royal Collections, the Royal Library, the Cathedral Treasury, Uppsala University, and the Skokloster Castle.

There will be c. 400 objects exhibited (including above 100 from the Swedish collections), among others the Portrait of the Jagiellon Family - a painting from the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Younger, an Equestrian Portrait of Sigismund III from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Gustav II Adolf, known as the Portrait in Polish Dress - by Matthäus Merian the Elder, Portrait of Charles X Gustav by Sebastien Bourdon, an ensemble of portraits by Per Krafft, Sigismundus Augustus' armour from the Nuremberg workshop of Kunz Lochner, Royal Banner of Sigismund III, Polish Renaissance Tournament Book, a drawing by Erik Dahlberg showing the Panorama of Warsaw in 1656. War trappings, many outstanding examples of side-arms and fire-arms, an interesting collection of banners, and documents, drawings, engravings and medals, commenting war campaigns - starting with the war at the beginning of the 16th century until the Swedish Deluge.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive Polish-English catalogue.

Equestrian portrait of Sigismund III,
workshop of P.P. Rubens,
Gripsholm Castle.

Armour of Sigismund August,
King of Poland

by Kunz Lochner, Nurnberg,
mid. 16th century, Stockholm, Livrustkammaren

Portrait of John III Vasa,
King of Sweden

by Lambrecht Ryckx (?)
ca 1569 - 1570),
Stockholm, Nordiska Museet

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The exhibition is open:
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.,
Sundays 11.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
(the last visitor is admitted at 5.00 p.m.).

Secondary school students are advised to visit the exhibitions The Treasures of the Habsburgs and The Eagle and Three Crowns. The Polish-Swedish Neighbourhood over the Baltic in the company of guides and students who co-operate with our museum. About 1,5 hour is required to complete the visit.
Booking for organised groups: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.; tel. (022) 65 72 178.

Main sponsor from Poland:


Main sponsor from Sweden:


Silver sponsor:

Gripen      Saab


Ericsson Skanska

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa Ikea

Media patrons:

TV2     TVP3    Puls      Polskie Radio      Polskie Radio 2      Radio dla Ciebie  

Gazeta Wyborcza  Wprost   The Warsaw Voice   Tygodnik Powszechny  Gazeta Antykwaryczna  Informator Kulturalny Stolicy