Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg was born in the Berlin Palace on 16 February 1620. As "Great Elector" he is one of the most prominent Hohenzollern. The admission of Huguenots and religious refugees from France and the Edict of Potsdam in 1685 made him famous beyond the borders of Brandenburg. His 48-year reign was marked by constant armed conflicts and the devastation of the Thirty Years' War until his death in 1688. Friedrich Wilhelm's family policy was aimed at developing his power and maintaining the dynasty.
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On the occasion of Friedrich Wilhelm's 400th birthday, the homes of his wives, Louise Henriette von Oranien (1627-1667) and Dorothea von Holstein-Glücksburg (1636-1689), show facets of his life. The Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg invites you to discover Friedrich Wilhelm's traces in the Oranienburg Palace Museum and Caputh Palace. Visitors can approach the major and minor questions of his life and rule, presented through selected works of art.
Family and power politics converge in war, trade, dynasty and representation and reveal in the furnishings of the palaces how Frederick William developed and consolidated his rule. In art, the Elector presented himself as a man of power in armour or in the pose of a ruler, ready to go to war. Other paintings show him as a family man with his children and with his wives in his first and second marriage.