Old Masters | from 6/11 2019
Schwarzenberg Palace, Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1
Tram 22 – Pražský hrad / Pohořelec
The exhibition Old Masters in the Schwarzenberg Palace will present selected key artworks from the Collection of Old Masters (Hans von Aachen, Petr Brandl, Matthias Bernard Braun, Lucas Cranach, Adriaen de Vries, Albrecht Dürer, El Greco, Francisco José Goya, Hans Holbein, Jan Gossaert, also known as Jan Mabuse, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jusepe de Ribera, Peter Paul Rubens, Bartholomaeus Spranger, Karel Škréta, Simon Vouet, Michael Leopold Willmann and others).
The display will concentrate on the period between the 16th and 18th centuries and the pre-Renaissance tendencies in Gothic and Antiquity art as inspirational stimuli for Renaissance and Baroque art. The exhibition will be conceived as a dialogue of the national and international impulses, influences and changes in the spirit of the dialectic of forms, styles and motifs. In dramaturgical terms, the display will reflect the narrative aspects of European art from the Antiquity to the Enlightenment, as well as the historical context and timelessness of the masterpieces in an innovative installation.
The original entrance to theSchwarzenbergPalacefromHradčanské Squarevia the courtyard will be restored. Three rooms on the ground floor will be reserved for occasional exhibitions of artefacts from the National Gallery’s collections and two will serve for the Graphic Cabinets.
The exhibition’s architectural concept will follow this plan: the ground floor will be its “prologue”, the first and second floors will look like a thematic panorama of Renaissance and Baroque art and the loft will focus on the collecting activities, painting and sculpture, sketches and cabinet painting in new contexts.