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Rüstkammer (Armoury)

Originating from weapons owned by Saxon Dukes and Electors, the Dresden Armoury has one of the most valuable collections of weapons and armoury in the world. It unites the masterpieces of armourers, artists and artisans from all corners of Europe and the Orient and includes around 10,000 ceremonial weapons – armour, helmets, shields, swords, rapiers and daggers, sabres and maces, pistols and rifles. The exhibition also includes riding equipment, ceremonial clothes and works of art works as well as portraits which are largely from the 16th to 18th century and come from the collection of the Wettin Elector.

  • Prunkkleid des Kurfürsten Moritz von Sachsen; um 1545–1550; Rüstkammer Copyright: Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg/Schweiz, Foto: Christoph von Virág
  • Prunkkleid der Kurfürstin Magdalena Sibylla von Sachsen; um 1610–1620; Rüstkammer Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Karpinski
  • Helmbarte, deutsch, 1588, Ätzmalerei: Augsburg, Schäftung und Medaillons: Dresden; Eisen, Kupfer, Gold, Holz; Ausrüstung der kursächsischen Trabantengarde, Rüstkammer, Aufnahme: Teilansicht Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Karpinski
  • Prachtmitra Markgraf Albrechts V. von Brandenburg, mitteldeutsch, vermutlich Halle, 1514 (?), Stickerei: vermutlich Hans Plock, Goldschmiedearbeit: vermutlich Hans Huiuff d. Ä.; Seide, Leinen, Pergament, Silber, Gold, Perlen, Schmucksteine; Rüstkammer Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Elke Estel
  • Turboschneckenpokal mit Koralle, Deutschland, 1. Drittel 17. Jahrhundert, Grünes Gewölbe Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Karpinski
  • Zwei Hobel, Werkstatt Leonhard Danner, Nürnberg, um 1570, Rüstkammer Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Jürgen Karpinski

 

Over the next few years many permanent exhibitions will complete the tour through the Palace.

In 2017, the year of the 50th anniversary of the Reformation, a further section of the Renaissance wing will be opened, the east and north wing of the first floor will, for the first time, become home of the world´s largest collection of ceremonial weapons and costumes from the Reformation and early Baroque periods. The two new permanent exhibitions, On the Way to Electoral Power and The Electoral Wardrobe bring the past world of Saxon Electors back to live.

By 2019 it is anticipated that the Royal State Apartments of August the Strong and the Firearms Gallery will be open to visitors.
The opening of the new permanent exhibition Concept and Encounter: The World around 1600 marked a milestone in the reconstruction of the Residenzschloss. Late Renaissance works from the Dresden Kunstkammer are on display and testify to the diversity of the fascinating phenomenon Kunstkammer.

Zeltgalerie, Das große Dreimastzelt, osmanisch, 17. Jahrhundert, Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: David Brandt - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.


Moving on to the Türckische Cammer in the Residenzschloss the visitor will be overwhelmed by the eight life-sized, hand-carved wooden horses, one of the definite highlights of the new permanent exhibition. Weighing 150 kg, each of these magnificently decorated Arabian horses is unique. Right at the beginning of the tour through the exhibition the visitor is greeted by a large display case showing five of these magnificently decorated horses. As varied as the two exhibitions of this important museum are, they both have one thing in common: the fact that the visitor is overwhelmed by the large number of magnificent weapons and hardly knows where to look first.

  • Riesensaal, Rüstkammer Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Davis Brandt
 - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.
  • Detail Fußturnier, Riesensaal im Residenzschloss Dresden, Rüstkammer, Copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto David Brandt - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.


After having seen the Türkische Cammer visitors move on to the Riesensaal. At 57 metres long and 13 metres wide, the monumental scale of the Riesensaal allows the Rüstkammer not only to exhibit a selection of its finest armour and weapons, dating from the late 15th to the 17th century, but also to present these in ways which show how they were actually used. Using unique weapons, tournament swords, lances and armour, scenes from three separate tournaments are recreated, each featuring a different major event—jousting with sharp lances, tilting and a foot tourney.