The National Gallery presents an “unprecedented” exhibition of Georgian King Erekle

The National Gallery in Tbilisi presents the exhibition King Erekle, the Last Lion of Georgia, dedicated to the famous Georgian King Erekle II, which will be on display from Sunday to October 16.

On the initiative and with the support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture, the exhibition presents the monarch’s rare objects, some of which will be displayed for the first time, including his childhood toy, icon, which he wore on his chest , guns and sabers, as well as robes, seals, manuscripts and books, the Culture Ministry said.

Photo: Georgia Ministry of Culture

Cannons, made in Georgia at that time, and canvases by well-known Georgian painters, dedicated to the battles of Aspindza and Krtsanisi, are exhibited to show Erekle’s military success.

Photo: Georgia Ministry of Culture

The exhibition also includes the memorable artifacts of ecclesiastical objects, donated by King Erekle to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Queen Darejan’s emerald earrings, Princess Tekla’s gold and silver belts and the nephrite seal of King Giorgi XII.

The curator of King Erekle, the Last Lion of Georgia is Giorgi Kalandia, General Director of the Palace of Arts of Georgia. The opening of the mentioned exhibition was attended by Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Culture, Nika Akhalbedashvili, Director of the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, and Nino Chipashvili, Director of the Tbilisi History Museum and the Museum of outdoor ethnography, as well as Guram Urchukhishvili, director of the Telavi Historical Museum and Mikheil Sarjveladze, member of the Georgian parliament.

Photo: Georgia Ministry of Culture

This exhibition is organized with the cooperation of the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, the Simon Janashia Georgian State Museum, the Ioseb Grishashvili Museum of History in Tbilisi, the Art Palace of Georgia – Museum of Cultural History, Georgian National Archives and the National Library of the Georgian Parliament. .

On the closing day, a bilingual catalog dedicated to King Erekle and published with the support of the Ministry of Culture, will be presented.

James C. Tibbs