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THE ŠTERNBERK PALACE – Since 1949 the palace has housed the National Gallery’s exhibition of Old European Art.

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The Šternberk Palace, accessed through a passageway in the lefthand gate of the Archibishop’s Palace, is a baroque work by Giovanni Santini and Domenico Martinelli (among others) dating from 1698 – 1707. From 1796 the palace was home to the Society of Patriotic Friends of Art in the Czech Lands, to which the nobility donated paintings and sculpture from their private collections. Since 1949 the palace has housed the National Gallery’s exhibition of Old European Art.

The National Gallery’s collections are spread over three floors of the palace:

ITALIAN ART: This collection is made up of art from 1300-1800. The highlight is a series of panel paintings which come from the collection of the d´Este Family, which Archduke Franz Ferdinand inherited and enjoyed at Konopiště Chateau. One of the most valuable works on show is the Lamentation by Lorenzo Monaco.

The Holy Conversation by Palma il Vecchio, Eleonora of Toledo by A. Bronzino, and the Madonna by Sebastiano del Piomba represent the Italian Renaissance.

Baroque art is represented mostly by the so-called Venetian School: Bassano, S. Ricci, F. Guardi and Canaletti’s View of the Thames, which is on long-term loan to the Lobkovitz family. Visitors will also see works such as St Jerome by Tintoretto and Portrait of an Elderly Man by Jacob Bassano.

GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN PAINTING: Visitors can see a whole range of interesting works dating from 1400-1800. For example, there is the Festival of the Rosary by Dürer, which was once part of the famous art collection owned by Emperor Rudolf II.

DUTCH AND FLEMISH PAINTING: Art from the Netherlands from 1400 – 1700 makes up the bulk of the collection. Here visitors will find mainly still life and landscapes. There are paintings by Rubens – Death of St Thomas and Death of St Augustine, Rembrandt – Portrait of a Scholar, El Greco, Carnach, Tintoretto, Goya and many others.

A large part of the collection of Dutch art can be found at the chateau at Hluboká nad Vltavou in South Bohemia.

In addition to the above, there are also sections devoted to icons, classical art, French art and temporary exhibitions. A visit to the gallery should not be missed!

Contact:

Sternberg Palace
Hradcanské námestí 15
Praha 1 – Hradcany
Phone: 233 350 068
Fax: 220 513 180
E-mail: turkova@ngprague.cz
Web: http://www.ngprague.cz

Opening hours:

January – December / 10 – 18 / Tuesday – Sunday
free entry on first Wednesdays of the month (15 – 20)

Admission:

Barrier-Free Entry: no

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