The Queen Elisabeth Medal

In May 2020, the Grand Curtius is Highlighting this medal portraying Queen Elisabeth, originally intended, during the World War I, to reward anyone who has devoted a year to war reliefs. The medal, with a red cross under the ribbon, was intended especially for health care workers and nurses whose quiet devotion and sacrifice greatly helped to ease the suffering of many sick and wounded.

Andromache's theriac

In this month of intense medical activity, the Grand Curtius is highlighting this Delft earthenware pharmacy jar dating from the early 18th century, found in the Bavarian hospital. The inscription at the centre of the jar provides information about its contents: the Andromachean theriac, from the Greek thêriakos meaning "that which concerns poisonous beasts". A remedy sometimes adulated, sometimes denounced, let it take you on a journey through the centuries of its history, from Ancient Greece to the mysterious pharmacies of Liège, not forgetting the doctor of Emperor Nero, whose name it will retain.