There are three traditional ways to look at Rudolph II – as an ineffective ruler, whose mistakes led directly to the Thirty Years’ War, the more gentle one as a great Renaissance art patron, and, finally – an adorer of occult arts and learning, standing as a seeder of the scientific revolution.
Rudolf loved collecting paintings, he spared no expense in acquiring great past masterworks, such as those of Durer and Brueghel. Rudolf’s galleries were the most impressive in Europe at the time, and the greatest collection of mannerism to this day.
As was customary at the time, the collection was private, but friends of the Emperor, artists, and professional scholars were allowed to study it. Regrettably, Rudolf’s successors did not appreciate the collection and it gradually fell into disarray.
The pieces of art collected by Rudolph II were packed and travelled to Vienna very soon after his death, and the rest were plundered by the Swedish armada. But now it is the time when they are, just for a short time, coming back to the authentic setting of Prague castle. It is possible to see four unique pieces – B. Spranger’s and H. Aachen’s paintings, and A. de Vriese statues. They cohere religious and mythological themes together with eroticism, which the Emperor especially favoured.
You can see the exhibition Rudolphian Beauty daily 9 – 18 in the Prague Castle Picture Gallery until 31th March 2008.
Theme: Paintings exhibition
- Mucha exhibition in Vienna [February 12 2009, 16:04 PM]
- Exhibition of old Radios in Prague [December 5 2008, 18:22 PM]
- Academism and kitsch combined = Prague exhibition [November 28 2008, 07:05 AM]
- Prague Castle Exhibits Nativity Scene Gems [November 20 2008, 11:50 AM]
- Fresh Nature Art Exhibition in Prague [November 11 2008, 14:22 PM]
- Adolf Born Exhibition in Prague [October 1 2008, 11:52 AM]
- Alfons Mucha and Art Nouveau Exhibition [August 5 2008, 09:49 AM]
- Never-ending painting in Manes Gallery [July 18 2008, 09:55 AM]
- Love, Erotica, Passion Exhibiton in Prague [July 8 2008, 17:34 PM]
- Clocks and Watches Exhibition at Prague Castle [June 9 2008, 17:56 PM]
- The Health Food Festival of Prague [June 4 2008, 17:49 PM]
- Very Important Painter Exhibition at Prague Castle [March 28 2008, 15:40 PM]
- Big exhibition of alternative contemporary art in Prague [February 29 2008, 15:42 PM]
- Exhibition of contemporary Czech painting in Prague [February 21 2008, 15:59 PM]
- Michael Rittstein expressionist exhibition in Prague [February 8 2008, 09:49 AM]
- Poetic, Naive Pictures Exhibition in Prague [December 13 2007, 09:09 AM]
- Vaclav Hollar in Palac Kinsky [November 5 2007, 11:21 AM]
- Old Town Square exhibition of Graphic Art [November 1 2007, 16:35 PM]
- Clare Woods until 20th October in Prague [October 11 2007, 17:55 PM]
- Good news everyone! David Cerny has a home-center! [October 1 2007, 11:55 AM]
- Prague Castle Picture Gallery - Rudolphian Beauty [September 25 2007, 10:01 AM]
- Czech Van Gogh, Emil Filla, in Prague [September 18 2007, 10:00 AM]
- Painter and Rector Jiri Sopko in Rudolfinum [September 17 2007, 18:00 PM]
- Precious painting returns to the Prague Castle after centuries [August 29 2007, 09:59 AM]
- Czech Secession exhibition in Prague [July 27 2007, 11:14 AM]