Baroque art from the collections of the National Gallery in Prague
Selected artworks of Central-European provenience (Bohemia, Moravia, Austria, as well as some art imported from Italy and Spain) evoke above all the cultural environment of the monasteries in the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition to artworks with religious themes, which form the core of this exhibition, the authors, Lenka Stolárová and Vít Vlnas, have chosen painting and sculptures that are characteristic for Baroque monasteries. Compiled of exhibits from the National Gallery in Prague, the exposition of Baroque art ties onto the historical tradition of monastic collections and the genius loci that links it to Baroque artworks of European importance.
Of the great names of Baroque art in Bohemia, let us mention at least a few who are represented here: Karel Škréta, Michael Václav Halbax, Petr Brandl, and Jan Kupecký; sculptors are represented by above all Matyáš Bernard Braun and his less famous, but equally gifted nephew Antonín. The collection also includes works from the workshops of Ferdinand Maxmilián Brokof and Ignác František Platzer. This exhibition of Baroque art from the National Gallery in Prague has been awarded the patronage of the Czech Commission for UNESCO.