The Five Senses
The National Gallery in Prague - Collection of Prints and Drawings presents another from the series of intimate exhibitions, this time focusing on the Five Senses. The new Cabinet of Prints is open to public between 27 April and 27 July 2010 in the Schwarzenberg Palace at Prague Castle. The Education Department prepared several accompanying programs to the exhibition.
On 27 April 2010, the National Gallery in Prague is opening the next from the series of intimate exhibitions organized by the Collection of Prints and Drawings. This time, it will be devoted to depicting the Five Senses in graphic arts of the 16th and 17th centuries. We will again present rare prints exclusively originating from the National Gallery collections. The exhibition's subject and the form of the symbolic depictions of the Sight, Hearing, Taste, Olfactory Sense and Touch can be rather surprising and revealing to many visitors.
The Five Senses have, from time immemorial, represented the five elementary tools through which we come to terms with all the conditions that surround us and come to understand the world. The concept of the Five Senses as distinctly distinguishable ways of how to perceive the world was first clearly defined in the writings of classical philosophers, especially in Aristotle's treatises - and it was at the same time that the place of sensual perception in the process of acquiring knowledge was determined.
Surprisingly enough, the Five Senses were never visually represented in the art of Classical Antiquity. This role was only taken up as late as during the Middle Ages, when several strategies of how to depict the senses were conceived: through identification texts, action personifications and animal symbols.
The "golden age" of capturing the Five Senses arrived during the 16th century, and continued into the first half of the 17th century, when graphic cycles became the main and determining medium of this iconography. This is why the core of the present exhibition is devoted to these graphic cycles, displaying works by Georg Pencz, Frans Floris, Marten de Vos and Hendrick Goltzius, and also by some other artists, which rank amongst the supreme achievements in the field of European graphic arts of the late Renaissance and early Baroque.
Director, Collection of Prints and Drawings
Accompanying programs of the Education Department of the Collection of Old Masters:
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
18 May Tuesday 4:30 p.m. The Five Senses in Fine Arts
Commentary of the exhibition's curator Lubomír Konečný to the present exhibition in the Cabinet of Prints. The lecture with data projection will be followed by an individual tour to the exhibition.
Free entrance / Duration: 40 minutes / Meeting point: lecture theatre on the 2nd floor of the palace / Reservation: not necessary
Cabinets of prints always form a short-term part of the permanent exhibition. The works must be regularly exchanged every three months due to the sensitivity of the exhibited material.
Except regular hours of free entrance
(every first Wednesday in month between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.)
visitors pay entrance fee to the permanent exhibition in the Schwarzenberg Palace and are offered the possibility of an individual tour to the Cabinet of Prints:
Entrance fee: 150 CZK / basic
80 CZK / reduced
200 CZK / families
Reduced entrance fee from 4:00 p.m.: 80/ 40/ 100 CZK in the individual categories
Opening hours: Daily except Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Five Senses
27 April 2010 - 27 July 2010
Intimate exhibition of the National Gallery in Prague - Collection of Prints and Drawings in the Schwarzenberg Palace
The National Gallery in Prague - Collection of Prints and Drawings / Schwarzenberg Palace
Exhibition concept and catalogue text: Lubomír Konečný, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Curator of the exhibition: Alena Volrábová, Collection of Prints and Drawings, the National Gallery in Prague
Press release of 21 April 2010
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