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National Gallery in Prague exhibit a collection of Czech and Central European medieval art, one of the finest in Europe. The exhibition on the first floor traces the development of Czech art from the panel paintings and sculptures of the mid-14th century and the “soft” style of Master Theodoric to the paintings of the Master of the Třeboň Altar and those executed in the International style. While Bohemia and Prague were important European art centres during the 14th century and around the year 1400, in the 15th century, they were more inclined to receive external stimuli. Bohemian and Moravian works from the 15th and early 16th centuries are confronted with works from other Central European regions with which Bohemia enjoyed close cultural ties at that time. A charming café on the premises offers cold dishes with Moravian wine and various coffee and chocolate desserts.
TIP: National Gallery has cheaper admission from 4 pm to 6 pm (closed on Monday).
National Gallery art collections:
- Prague Castle – a collection of paintings and sculptures from the 16th-18th centuries.
- Zbraslav Monastery – permanent exhibition of Asian Art.
- Kinský Palace – permanent collection of prints and drawings.
- St. Agnes Convent – Czech medieval art, as well neo-Gothic and 19th-century works.
- St. George’s Convent – old art collections.
- Sternberg Palace – Old Masters (art from the classical era to the end of the baroque era).
- Veletrzni Palace – a collection of modern and contemporary art.
- Náprstkovo Muzeum – museum of Asian, African and American Cultures.
Opening hours: Open Tue.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays closed.