The Prague Castle Picture Gallery (Obrazárna Pražského hradu) belongs to the rare European art collections that have continuously existed for a number of centuries to the present. Its existence and fate were impacted greatly by the turbulent events of Czech and general European history.
Emperor Rudolf II was considered a passionate collector who was interested in everything created by nature and by humans through the ingenuity of their mind in the fields of arts and crafts. His gallery, which housed about three thousand paintings, and the collections in the so-called Kunstkammer, cabinet of curiosities, were not meant to be admired by the public but by those who knew how to appreciate their quality and profit from their message. During Rudolf’s reign, Prague became the metropolis of the Holy Roman Empire and a “mecca for sciences and arts” for the second time in its history.
The exhibition will present more than fifty masterpieces from the collection of Rudolf II and his succesors, depicted by the early Netherlandish, Flemish, German and Italian masters such as Lucas Cranach, Hans von Aachen, Hans Holbein, Tizian, Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Tintoretto, Guido Reni, Peter Paul Rubens and others.
The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Slovenia, the Office of the President of the Czech Republic and the Prague Castle Administration.
The project was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
Official wine at exhibition openings
1 October 2020 – 10 January 2021
National Gallery of Slovenia