National Gallery of Prague

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

National Gallery of Prague


(Národní Galerie), the largest art museum of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. It was founded in 1949 from the art collections of the Society of Patriotic Friends of Art (founded 1796) and the Gallery of Modern Art (founded 1901) and from collections of graphic art of the National Museum and the Charles University Library.

The gallery is housed in the Šternberk, Valdštejn, and Kinský palaces and in other buildings. It possesses a first-rate collection of Czech and Western European paintings, graphic art works, and sculpture of the 14th through 20th centuries, including the Třebon and Vyšší Brod altars and works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, A. Dürer, H. Daumier, P. Gauguin, A. Rodin, A. Maillol, and P. Picasso. It also has collections of art of the Far East.


Ketrbová, M. Praha, Národní galerie: Sbírka starého umǎní. Prague, 1971. (Catalog.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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