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Prague Castle Picture Gallery (Prague)

Prague Castle Picture Gallery (Prague)




Second Courtyard

Tel. 224 373 531

Subway: Malostranska, Hradcanska

Train: 22

Open: 10am- 6pm daily (10am- 4pm in winter months)





Description of Prague Castle Picture Gallery

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The Prague Castle Picture Gallery is the oldest existing exhibition and a collection of paintings located in the Czech Republic. The works of the old masters of the German, Italian and Dutch Renaissance and Mannerism, paintings of Central European and Dutch Baroque are exhibited here. It originated in Prague originally as a gallery of Emperor Rudolf II. at the end of the 16th century, was re-sold, stolen and replenished after his death. The core of the collections, which only partly originates in the great collections of the emperor's art, are paintings dating back to the 15th-18th century.





The collections of Picture Gallery were concentrated at the Prague Castle at the end of the 16th century by Emperor Rudolf II. But he was not the first ruler to build an art collection here. During his time in Prague (1548 - 1567), the Czech Viceroy, Ferdinand Tyrol, built an art collection that he took away when he left for the Ambras castle in Innsbruck.

New Emperor Rudolph II. decided that Prague would be the metropolis of the Holy Roman Empire in 1583. He remained there for 29 years until his death. He was not an artist, but he loved art. The basis of his collection was the heritage of heritage from relatives from Spain (where he was raised) and Austria. A large number of painters also belonged to his great court, according to the Court's list of 1600s, as permanent court painters Hans von Aachen, Bartoloměj Spranger, Dětřich Raffensteiner, Joseph Heintz from Switzerland, Pieter Stevens. The records also testify to others who were at the court earlier or shortly - Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Roelant Savery, Hans Vredeman de Vries, Matthäus Gundelach, Jeremias Günther, Daniel Fröschl and others. He had his antiquarian, and throughout Europe, a number of buyers who bought the artwork for him. Some of them were from the courtyard. He was interested in painting Italian, Dutch, German and also collected demonstrations of Prague school.

In 1585, the collections were so large (allegedly the largest in Europe) that they had to build separate areas. At the western wall, during the following years, the North Palace (also called the Long Building or the Hall of Chod) was established. It was called Long because its length was 100 meters. The second floor carries the main collection, ie (Rudolfova) gallery. The Spanish Hall was completed in 1598. Around 1600, it contained a collection of 1300 paintings and thousands of other art items. The northern palace then connected with other parts of the castle complex at the old White Tower with a narrow wing connecting two castle courtyards II and III.




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