Magnificent, festive Dresden

Maurice of Saxony’s (1521–1553) rise to the position of prince-elector in 1547 saw the city of Dresden become a royal residence. His brother, Elector Augustus (1526–1586), continued his ambitious plans to convert the palace, and the city on the Elbe transformed into a centre of politics and culture. The founding of the electoral collections played a major part in this. The present-day SLUB dates back to the private electoral library, which was established around 1556. The selected objects presented here from our collections illustrate the magnificence of the original “Liberey”, while also tying in festivities, such as ceremonial acts and processions, hunts and music, which would later shape the “Florence of the Elbe” for centuries.


Exhibition in the Book Museum’s treasury
15 February to 15 May 2018
Monday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00

Public guided tours through the treasure room are offered every Saturday 14.00.

Guided tours treasure room registration:
Tel.: +49 351 4677-340
Fax: +49 351 4677-721

Entrance and tour are free.

Curators: Dr Thomas Haffner, Kerstin Hagemeyer, Perk Loesch, Katrin Nitzschke, Dr Georg Zimmermann

Exhibition design: Antje Werner, Dresden