Pieter Stevens in the court of Rudolf II
Curator: Anna Rollová
Following on the successful exhibition Roelandt Savery: A Painter in the Services of Emperor Rudolf II, which was held in the Schwarzenberg Palace between December 6, 2010 and March 20, 2011, the National Gallery in Prague seeks to recall another major Netherlandish landscape painter of the same period - Pieter Stevens (c. 1567 - after 1624). This artist's drawings, and the prints done after his originals, recall Stevens' sojourn in Rome and more so his subsequent stay in Prague, where he lived for thirty years. He is presented as a master of intimacy of small landscape sections, including masterfully rendered atmospheric effects. He found a suitable interpreter of his drawings in the most prominent engraver of his time - Egidius Sadeler (1570-1629). This exhibition testifies to the rare standard of his engravings.
Pieter Stevens established a family of painters in Prague, in particular his highly successful son Antonín Stevens of Steinfels (c. 1610-1673/1675) and grandson Johann Jakob Stevens of Steinfels (1651-1730).