Lecture "Amber in the History of European Diplomacy. 16th–18th centuries"

29 November 2019
Press Office of the Amber Museum

29 November is birthday of Andreas Aurifaber (1513–1559), physician, humanitarian, author of the first monograph on amber. On this day, the Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum is inviting residents of the city and the region to open another page in the cultural history of amber – to learn about special aspects of its involvement in European diplomacy in the 16th–18th centuries.

For several hundreds of years amber was a popular material for prestigious gifts, that became show pieces in European Kunstkammern and cabinets of curiosities, and afterwards – those of artistic, historical, and scientific museums. Cultural and historical interpretation of the history of amber items both legendary, and little known, of the events and biographies relating to them will be offered to the audience by the lecturer – Chief Research Associate of the Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum Irina Polyakova.

The material was prepared within realisation of the project "Magnificent Amber. Gifts from Tsars, Diplomats, Scientists" supported by OOO "LUKOIL-Kaliningradmorneft" as the result of the XII Contest of Social and Cultural Projects PAO "LUKOIL" on the territory of Kaliningrad region..

The lecture starts at 17.00.

Admission to the lecture by entry tickets to the museum.


Reception of Swedish Ambassador by Alexei Mikhailovich. Etching from the album by Erich Palmquist "Notes on Russia". Wikimedia Commons: publicly available source