What the Eyes Cannot See: Underdrawing in 14th–16th Century Panel Paintings from the Collections of the National Gallery in Prague

Date: 24.02.2017 - 26.11.2017
Place: Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia

The exhibition What the Eyes Cannot See: Underdrawing in 14th–16th Century Panel Paintings from the Collections of the National Gallery in Prague is the first of two displays prepared within the framework of a single dramaturgic edition subtitled “Art and Natural Sciences” and located in the exhibition premises of the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia. At the end of the year, it will be followed by the exhibition Exposed to the Eyes: Decorative techniques in painting and sculpture in the 14th–16th centuries. These conceptually non-traditional exhibitions presents the results of comprehensive research of top artworks in direct contrast to their originals. Visitors are able to see well-known artworks anew, notice hidden details and learn about the workshop procedures of mediaeval painters and sculptors. The exhibition of underdrawings offers a unique opportunity to see hidden preparatory designs of compositions and the technology behind how selected works came to life. The exhibitions, which includes detailed monographs and many accompanying programs, including for kids, are presented thanks to the grant project “Historical technologies and modern research methods. Interpretive possibilities of specialized methods of researching mediaeval works of art employing innovative technologies” (grantor: the Ministry of Culture of theCzechRepublic, NAKI program). 

Curators: Štěpánka Chlumská & Helena Dáňová

Opening hours
Daily, except Mondays, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. See below opening hours of the gardens.

Basic220 CZK
Reduced120 CZK
free admission for children, young people aged under 18 and students under 26 free.
Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, U Milosrdných 17, Prague 1
Entrances: Na Františku Street or Anežská Street

Getting here
Metro A – Staroměstská.
Metro B – Náměstí Republiky.
Tram 6, 8, 15, 26 – Dlouhá třída.
Tram 17 – Právnická fakulta.
Bus 207 – Dlouhá třída.
Attached files
1-tz-na-rodni-galerie-2017-2.pdf (Tisková zpráva: Národní galerie v roce 2017)
1-press-release-ng-2017-2.pdf (Press release National Gallery in Prague-2017)
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