Travelling and Exoticism
Travel and Exoticism occasionally intertwined as concepts. To travel means to become displaced, to have new experiences, often to get to know different cultures and to face new challenges. These observations are even more pronounced when we refer to the past, specifically the period that spans the 16th to 18th centuries. A “global era” first encompassed the world at this time, which explains why so many different cases of “interconnected history” are observed. Mainly through networks of commerce, Europe became intensely entangled with other continents. Merchants, pilgrims, missionaries, soldiers, artists and diplomats moved more frequently and far more quickly than we might imagine.

From the moment that Europe’s horizons settled on the continents – an allegory that emerges over and over again – to the impact this had internally, we can observe the rich plurality of the phenomenon of travel and exoticism in its twofold essence.

Coach belonging to King João V
First half of the 18th century
National Coach Museum
Lisbon, Portugal

Former residence of the painter family Zeiller
The house with a gable-end façade was built in the 16th century and subsequently altered numerous times. The Late Rococo façade paintings originate from the period around 1770/75
Reutte, Tyrol, District of Reutte, Austria

Infant Jesus as the Good Shepherd
17th century
Museum and Library of the House of Braganza
Vila Viçosa, District of Evora, Portugal

Antependium with the Tribute of Continents and Imperial Countries to the Holy Family
1710–1730
Moravian Gallery, Brno
Governor’s Palace, Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic

Church of Worship and Basilian Monastery of Máriapócs
Baroque
Máriapócs, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, Hungary

Quirinale Palace, Frieze of the Sala Regia
1616–1617
Rome, Italy