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Opulence Collection

"Opulence: A Tapestry of Extravagance and Grandeur" Step into the world of opulence, where political ravishment and danger intertwine with artistic masterpieces

Background imageOpulence Collection: Harlequin and Death, 1907. Artist: Somov, Konstantin Andreyevich (1869-1939)

Harlequin and Death, 1907. Artist: Somov, Konstantin Andreyevich (1869-1939)
Harlequin and Death, 1907. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Coronation of the Shah of Iran

The Coronation of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980). On 26th October 1967, twenty-six years into his reign as Shah (" King" )

Background imageOpulence Collection: Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797

Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797. Artist: Gillray, James (1757-1815)
Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797. From a private collection

Background imageOpulence Collection: Harrods, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Harrods, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageOpulence Collection: Edward VI (1537-1553), 1537-53 (oil on panel)

Edward VI (1537-1553), 1537-53 (oil on panel)
7305789 Edward VI (1537-1553), 1537-53 (oil on panel) by Scrots, Guillaume (fl.1537-53) (follower of); 38x31 cm; Parham House, West Sussex

Background imageOpulence Collection: Picture of Radha and Krishna displayed in an ISKCON temple, Sarcelles, Seine St

Picture of Radha and Krishna displayed in an ISKCON temple, Sarcelles, Seine St. Denis, France, Europe

Background imageOpulence Collection: After the marriage, 1874. Artist: Zhuravlev, Firs Sergeevich (1836-1901)

After the marriage, 1874. Artist: Zhuravlev, Firs Sergeevich (1836-1901)
After the marriage, 1874. Found in the collection of the Regional Art Gallery, Tambov

Background imageOpulence Collection: Gardens and village, Chateau de Villandry, Villandry, Loire Valley, France

Gardens and village, Chateau de Villandry, Villandry, Loire Valley, France

Background imageOpulence Collection: Grand Casino de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Grand Casino de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627. Creator: Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669)

The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627. Creator: Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669)
The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627. Found in the Collection of Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Parable of the Talents. Artist: Doetechum, Lucas, van (c. 1530-c. 1584)

The Parable of the Talents. Artist: Doetechum, Lucas, van (c. 1530-c. 1584)
The Parable of the Talents. From a private collection

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Tax Collectors, 1520s. Artist: Massys, Quentin (1466?1530)

The Tax Collectors, 1520s. Artist: Massys, Quentin (1466?1530)
The Tax Collectors, 1520s. Found in the collection of the Liechtenstein Museum

Background imageOpulence Collection: John, Duke of Berrys household exchanging New Year gifts. T

John, Duke of Berrys household exchanging New Year gifts. The Duke is seated at the right, in blue. Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. 15th century. Miniature. Chateau de Chantilly. France

Background imageOpulence Collection: Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The sumptuous lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York Date: 2005

Background imageOpulence Collection: Local frankincense perfumes in ornate gold and glass bottles, Al-Husn Souq, Salalah

Local frankincense perfumes in ornate gold and glass bottles, Al-Husn Souq, Salalah, Dhofar Region, Southern Oman, Middle East

Background imageOpulence Collection: Wealthy lady arriving for dinner by car (litho)

Wealthy lady arriving for dinner by car (litho)
5235388 Wealthy lady arriving for dinner by car (litho) by Lelong, Rene (1871-1933); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wealthy lady arriving for dinner by car)

Background imageOpulence Collection: Portugal, Douro Litoral, Porto. The stunning Baroque gilt wood carvings of Igreja

Portugal, Douro Litoral, Porto. The stunning Baroque gilt wood carvings of Igreja de So Francisco are considered some of the most outstanding in Portugal

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Tribute Money, 1560s. Artist: Titian (1488-1576)

The Tribute Money, 1560s. Artist: Titian (1488-1576)
The Tribute Money, 1560s. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London

Background imageOpulence Collection: Female portrait, (c1780s). Creator: Lorens Lonberg

Female portrait, (c1780s). Creator: Lorens Lonberg
Female portrait, (c1780s)

Background imageOpulence Collection: Nikodim - Bishop of Yenisei and Krasnoyarsk, 1860-1870. Creator: AK Keppel

Nikodim - Bishop of Yenisei and Krasnoyarsk, 1860-1870. Creator: AK Keppel
Nikodim - Bishop of Yenisei and Krasnoyarsk, 1860-1870. This collection includes more than four hundred photographs of daily life in Yenisei Province in the late tsarist period

Background imageOpulence Collection: Empress Theodora, undated. (c1910s) Creator: Franz von Matsch

Empress Theodora, undated. (c1910s) Creator: Franz von Matsch
Empress Theodora, undated. (c1910s)

Background imageOpulence Collection: Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran - Shahs Coronation

Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran - Shahs Coronation
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran (1960-) at the Coronation of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980). On 26th October 1967, twenty-six years into his reign as Shah (" King" )

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Coronation of the Shah of Iran - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

The Coronation of the Shah of Iran - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
The Coronation of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980). On 26th October 1967, twenty-six years into his reign as Shah (" King" )

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Blind Leading the Blind, 1568. Creator: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)

The Blind Leading the Blind, 1568. Creator: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)
The Blind Leading the Blind, 1568. Found in the Collection of Museo di Capodimonte, Naples

Background imageOpulence Collection: Moses with the Ten Commandments, c. 1650-1660

Moses with the Ten Commandments, c. 1650-1660. Found in the Collection of Musee de Picardie, Amiens

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Imperial State Crown, 1953. Artist: Rundell, Bridge and Rundell

The Imperial State Crown, 1953. Artist: Rundell, Bridge and Rundell
The Imperial State Crown, worn on State occasions. In front is the balas ruby given to the Black Prince in the fourteenth century, 1953

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Happy Cuckold, 1640. Artist: Anonymous

The Happy Cuckold, 1640. Artist: Anonymous
The Happy Cuckold, 1640. From a private collection

Background imageOpulence Collection: Portrait of Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte, c1804. Artist: Francois Pascal Simon Gerard

Portrait of Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte, c1804. Artist: Francois Pascal Simon Gerard
Portrait of Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte, c1804. Napoleon (1769-1821) enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of the French Revolutionary army

Background imageOpulence Collection: A slice of Original Sacher - Torte cake with whipped cream at Hotel Sacher, Vienna

A slice of Original Sacher - Torte cake with whipped cream at Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Austria. (PR)

Background imageOpulence Collection: By the united efforts we will crush the kulaks, Anonymous. Colour lithograph, 1929 (lithograph)

By the united efforts we will crush the kulaks, Anonymous. Colour lithograph, 1929 (lithograph)
FIA5409739 By the united efforts we will crush the kulaks, Anonymous. Colour lithograph, 1929 (lithograph) by Russian School (20th century); Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageOpulence Collection: Florida, Miami, Villa Vizcaya, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Urn and Semi-Circular pool

Florida, Miami, Villa Vizcaya, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Urn and Semi-Circular pool

Background imageOpulence Collection: Happy Union (The Allegory of Love), c.1575 (oil on canvas)

Happy Union (The Allegory of Love), c.1575 (oil on canvas)
8595200 Happy Union (The Allegory of Love), c.1575 (oil on canvas) by Veronese, (Caliari, Paolo) (1528-88); 187.4 x 186.7 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: By Paolo Veronese)

Background imageOpulence Collection: A rich man of Tien Tsin, China. 1873 (engraving)

A rich man of Tien Tsin, China. 1873 (engraving)
7259225 A rich man of Tien Tsin, China. 1873 (engraving) by Ronjat, Etienne Antoine Eugene (b.1822); Private Collection; (add.info.: A rich man of Tien Tsin, China. Design by E)

Background imageOpulence Collection: Newly-Crowned Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie

Newly-Crowned Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I (formerly Ras Tafari) at Addis Ababa, carrying the Orb and Sceptre and accompanied by his youngest son. 1930

Background imageOpulence Collection: Queen Farah Dibah of Iran - Shahs Coronation

Queen Farah Dibah of Iran - Shahs Coronation
Queen Farah Dibah of Iran (1938-) at the Coronation of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980). On 26th October 1967, twenty-six years into his reign as Shah (" King" )

Background imageOpulence Collection: Russia, Saint Petersburg, Decorative interior, Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin

Russia, Saint Petersburg, Decorative interior, Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Lounge, Abercorn Rooms, Liverpool Street Hotel, c1907. Creator: Unknown

The Lounge, Abercorn Rooms, Liverpool Street Hotel, c1907. Creator: Unknown
The Lounge, Abercorn Rooms, Liverpool Street Hotel, c1907. Originally built in 1884 as the Great Eastern Hotel, the Liverpool Street Hotel in the City of London was close to Liverpool Street railway

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Payment of the Tithes (known as Village Lawyer), between 1617 and 1622. Artist: Brueghel

The Payment of the Tithes (known as Village Lawyer), between 1617 and 1622. Artist: Brueghel
The Payment of the Tithes (known as Village Lawyer), between 1617 and 1622. From a private collection

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Parable of the Wedding Feast

The Parable of the Wedding Feast. Private Collection

Background imageOpulence Collection: Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1841

Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1841. Found in the Collection of Musee d Art Thomas Henry, Cherbourg

Background imageOpulence Collection: All is Vanity, c. 1900

All is Vanity, c. 1900. Private Collection

Background imageOpulence Collection: Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue. Artist: Mantegna, Andrea (1431-1506)

Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue. Artist: Mantegna, Andrea (1431-1506)
Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue. Found in the collection of Louvre, Paris

Background imageOpulence Collection: Avarice. A miniature with scenes of banking. Artist: Master of the Cocharelli Codex (active ca 1330)

Avarice. A miniature with scenes of banking. Artist: Master of the Cocharelli Codex (active ca 1330)
Avarice. A miniature with scenes of banking. Found in the collection of British Library

Background imageOpulence Collection: Great Sword of State with scabbard, 1953

Great Sword of State with scabbard, 1953. The piece was commissioned in 1626 for the coronation of Charles I and is now part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London

Background imageOpulence Collection: The Seven Virtues, c. 1450. Artist: Pesellino, Francesco di Stefano (1422-1457)

The Seven Virtues, c. 1450. Artist: Pesellino, Francesco di Stefano (1422-1457)
The Seven Virtues, c. 1450. Found in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

Background imageOpulence Collection: Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1659. Artist: Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669)

Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1659. Artist: Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669)
Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1659. Found in the collection of the Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Background imageOpulence Collection: Young Man holding a Skull (Vanitas), 1627. Artist: Hals, Frans I (1581-1666)

Young Man holding a Skull (Vanitas), 1627. Artist: Hals, Frans I (1581-1666)
Young Man holding a Skull (Vanitas), 1627. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London

Background imageOpulence Collection: Man Having to Choose between the Virtues and Vices, 1635. Artist: Francken, Frans

Man Having to Choose between the Virtues and Vices, 1635. Artist: Francken, Frans, the Younger (1581-1642)
Man Having to Choose between the Virtues and Vices, 1635. From a private collection



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"Opulence: A Tapestry of Extravagance and Grandeur" Step into the world of opulence, where political ravishment and danger intertwine with artistic masterpieces. Gillray's satirical artwork "Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger. " transports us to a time of intrigue and power struggles. From politics to royalty, the Coronation of the Shah of Iran captures a momentous occasion filled with regal splendor. The grandeur continues as we venture into Harrods, an iconic symbol of luxury in Kensington, London, and is here that opulence finds its home. In contrast, within an ISKCON temple in Sarcelles stands a picture depicting Radha and Krishna—a divine representation amidst opulent surroundings. This juxtaposition reminds us that true richness lies beyond material possessions. Traveling further to Chateau de Villandry in France's Loire Valley reveals gardens meticulously designed to showcase nature's beauty alongside architectural magnificence. Here, opulence harmoniously coexists with simplicity. Rembrandt van Rhijn's painting "The Parable of the Rich Fool" serves as a cautionary tale against excessive wealth without purpose or compassion. Similarly, Zhuravlev's artwork "After the Marriage" explores how love can be overshadowed by materialism. Titian's masterpiece "The Tribute Money" portrays opulence through rich colors and intricate details while conveying deeper messages about duty and responsibility. Doetechum’s depiction of "The Parable of the Talents" urges us to embrace our talents for personal growth rather than hoarding them away. Witnessing John Duke Berry’s household exchanging New Year gifts offers insight into lavish traditions among nobility throughout history. Meanwhile, at Waldorf Astoria Hotel, modern-day luxury seamlessly blends classic elegance with contemporary comforts. Finally, immerse yourself in Salalah's Al-Husn Souq where local frankincense perfumes are presented in ornate gold and glass bottles.