Amis-Ennemis Exhibition, Mansfeld and the downside of it – Dräi Eechelen Museum

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of the Royal Library of Belgium. It is part of the 500th anniversary of  Renaissance-Prince Pierre-Ernest Mansfeld, Pierre-Ernest de Mansfeld (1517-1604). As the Governor of Luxembourg, he resided in a luxurious palace in Clausen/Luxembourg as well as in the Spanish Court of Brussels. There, he met with local officials, nobles, humanists, thus developing an important social network that is reflected in miniatures portraits carried out by famous Flemish sculptor and medallist Jacques Jonghelinck (1530-1606).

The exhibition catalogue directed by François Reinert sums up Jacques Jonghelinck’s art and invites us to learn more about Pierre-Ernest de Mansfeld’s era (1517-1604). 90 medals gathered from collections from the Royal Library of Belgium and the National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg depict the Renaissance era through striking enlargements, thus revealing real miniature-sculpted bas-reliefs.

As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the exhibition and catalogue aim at roaming through 17th Century Luxembourg through the lives of various characters: general governors, nobles, army captains, advisers and abbots. Each article explains the characters’ history and medal, but also aims at at better understanding the direct ties to Mansfeld and Luxembourg.

On display until October 21, 2018. Dräi Eechelen Museum, 5, Park Dräi Eechelen, L-1499 Luxembourg. More information: