Ars Heraldica The world of coats of arms

Bibliothèque nationale du Luxembourg - 37D Avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg
From 15.04.2024
to 12.10.2024
French, German

Coats of arms have been part of Western culture for more than 800 years. Like other symbols, they are an expression of personal, family and social identity. Although they originated amongst the nobility, they have over the centuries been used in a wide array of contexts. Nowadays, they adorn sports clubs, town councils and breweries. Nevertheless, coats of arms often appear mysterious and obscure.

The exhibition introduces visitors to the world of heraldry. It will do this with the help of some precious manuscripts from the collection of Dr Jean-Claude Loutsch, donated to the National Library in 2021. This collection provides an insight into a very specialised form of self-representation – not only for Luxembourg, but also for neighbouring countries.

The exhibition is available in French and German only.

Virtual reality

Discover the exhibition in virtual reality and explore the documents and objects on display in an immersive way, without having to leave your home.

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Guided tours

Images of the exhibition

The heart of Dr Jean-Claude Loutsch’s collection is a set of 44 early manuscripts, half of which are on display.


We also invite you to discover new works from the Insignia series by Catherine Lorent in the Reading Room, in which the Luxembourg artist presents her contemporary interpretation of heraldry.

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Brochure accompanying the exhibition