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Tapestries of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Treasures acquired in 2011-2021, newly attributed works.

  • Year of release:2022
  • Price:30,00 €
The scientific catalogue presents in detail the collection of tapestries acquired by the Palace of the Grand Dukes between 2011 and 2021, which is unparalleled not only in Lithuania, but also in other Baltic countries, and has attracted the interest of the international scientific community. The first part of the publication gives an overview of the history of European tapestries, introduces the characteristics of the artistic fabrics, the factors that influenced their quality and value, the most important production centres, commissioners, weavers, artists and traders. All of them have had a decisive influence on the tapestry's astonishing story of glory, the success of which, like the fabrics themselves, has been determined by different artistic, political and economic aspirations and opportunities. The text, which is full of names, dates and titles, is interspersed with stories and comparisons to help us better understand the context, and at times to feel caught up in a whirlwind of historical facts.
 

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The Tapestries of Sigismund Augustus. Their History and Role

  • Year of release:2021
  • Price:35,00 €
In this monograph presents the history of the tapestry collection of the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Sigismund Augustus, one of broad European significance, whose existence spans from the acquisition of the first exhibits into our days. The political status and representational role of the collection in the most important historical events in Lithuania and Poland are analysed,revealing the close association of Sigismund Augustus' collection of tapestries to the Vilnius residence and to significant dates in the life of the ruler.

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In search of the battlefield of Tannenberg (Grunwald) of 1410. New Research with Metal Detectors in 2014–2019

  • Year of release:2019
  • Price:35,00 €
The name of the Swedish historian Sven Erik EKDAHL (b. 1935), now living and working in Germany, has been synonymous with the 1410 Battle Grunwald for many decades. Today, the scientist, who is considered the most famous specialist on the Battle of Tannenberg (Grunwald) in the world, is well known in Lithuania as well.
 
This publication is a synthesis of Prof. Sven Erik EKDAHL’s early written source research, supplemented with data from research conducted in recent years collected on site at the Grunwald battle field. There is no doubt that the mentioned research with metal detectors and ground-penetrating radar, as well as investigative archaeological excavation work confirmed the scientist’s hypotheses raised earlier about the formations the armies were standing in before the Battle of Grunwald, the precise location of the main battle and other sites where clashes took place, as well as the subtleties that unfolded during the course of the battle.

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The Pantheon of the Rulers and Nobles of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Vilnius

  • Year of release:2018
  • Price:5,00 €
Vytautas Urbanavičius is a well-known Lithuanian archaeologist and anthropologist, researcher of 13th-16th century cemeteries and the dungeons of the Vilnius Cathedral, head of the research of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of the Lower Castle in Vilnius, and the pioneer of plastic facial reconstruction in Lithuania. He was one of the first to collect palaeoanthropological material, to reconstruct portraits of many historical personalities (Barbora Radvilaitė, Kristijonas Donelaitis, Pilypas Ruigis, and others), to identify the remains of the Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Albert Goštautas, and the remains of the Bishop of Vilnius, Abraham Vaina, in the Vilnius Cathedral.

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Lithuania-Italy: centuries of relations

  • Year of release:2016
This collection of scientific articles is based on the proceedings of the international conference "Lithuania-Italy: Centuries of Relations", held in 2014 at the National Museum - Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The publication summarises the close and diverse historical links between Italy, as the political centre of Renaissance and Baroque Europe and the cradle of cultural and artistic traditions, and Lithuania, which was founded at the edge of the Latin and Byzantine civilisations. 

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The Opera „Everardo II, Re di Lituania“

  • Year of release:2016
  • Price:3,00 €
In 1782, on the occasion of the birthday of Peter III, the spouse of Queen Mary I of Portugal, the opera "Everard II - King of Lithuania" by the famous Portuguese composer of that time, João de Souza Carvalho, was performed at the Royal Palace of Kelusso. More than 200 years later, the score of this Lithuanian-themed opera was found in the archives of the Royal Palace in Madrid by the Lithuanian-born conductor Alexis Soriano Monte Monstavičius. On his initiative, the opera Everard II - King of Lithuania was staged at the National Museum - Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in 2013. The book presents the opera in Lithuanian, English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as the libretto, translated from Old Italian into Lithuanian by the Italian Gaetano Martinelli, and facsimiles of the original libretto.

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From archaeologist's notes

  • Year of release:2016
  • Price:5,00 €

Habilitated doctor Adolfas Tautavičius (1925-2006) is one of the most prominent Lithuanian archaeological specialists. Since 1947 he has been involved in the research of many Lithuanian sites, from 1962 to 1987 he was the head of the Archaeology Department of the Institute of History, and was one of the first Lithuanian archaeologists to study the castles of Vilnius, Trakai and Klaipėda. From 1988 to 2002, A. Tautavičius explored the territory of the Palace of the Grand Dukes, and was the head of the Archaeological Department of the Castles Research Centre "Lithuanian Castles".

The author of the diary describes the years of his and his colleagues' scientific activity - important stages of Lithuanian archaeological science in the 20th century. The notes are regarded as a history of Lithuanian archaeology in the second half of the 20th century, written by one of the most active scientists. 

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Outcrops of the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

  • Year of release:2016
  • Price:7,00 €
With this book - an international collection of 25 scientific articles - the classic of Lithuanian historiography, one of the most eminent researchers of the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, is honoured and warmly congratulated by the Professor's colleagues, friends and pupils, as well as by nearly 250 scholars, culturologists, cultural workers and statesmen, not only from Lithuania, but also from many other European countries and the United States.

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Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Historical features

  • Year of release:2016
  • Price:6,00 €
The study by Mečislovas Jučas, a long-time professor at the Faculty of History of Vilnius University and a habilitated doctor of humanities, discusses the most important features of the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Lithuanian state defended the nation against foreign enemies, formed legal and administrative structures, protected the Roman Catholic faith professed by the majority, protected the economy and culture, and was the home of the Lithuanian nation. The most important task of this book is to show how the old Lithuanian state came into being, how it flourished, then declined, decayed and was destroyed by foreign powers. 

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