Prague Castle Picture Gallery

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Prague Castle Picture Gallery

Prague Castle Picture Gallery
3.5
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ElaineAndGreg
By ElaineAndGreg
Walk Another 100 Yards in Either Direction for Better Collections
Jul 2019
The Prague Castle Picture gallery has the benefit of being inside the security at Prague Castle and its close proximity to the tourist information office and St. Vitus, but there are far better museums close nearby, including the Prague National Gallery only 100 yards away with a larger and mostly better collection of old masters. The Prague Castle Picture Gallery consists of about 3 galleries. If I recall, they don’t let you take photos here. The literature and signs boast works by Rubens, Cranach, and Titian, but that’s a bit misleading as they have about one painting by each of the three and not a lot else. The Rubens is arguably the best of the three and, truthfully, it is a wonderful painting about the gods on Mt. Olympus holding some sort of court to decide a dispute between two of them (what the dispute was intended to represent is lost to history). The Cranach painting is of Saints Catherine and Barbara. I like Cranach’s work and liked this painting of two early Christian martyrs. The Titian painting is of a young woman at her toilet. The remaining paintings are mixed, but this is not a large collection. OK. So just outside castle security is the Prague National Gallery at the Sternberg Palace. The entrance to this second museum isn’t all that obvious - it was designed as a palace - and you have to walk down a curved side alley, but it is about 10 times as large and boasts wonderful works by Rembrandt (Scholar in his Study), Hals, Steen, Peter Bruegel (about 10, mostly but not all smaller works), Snyders, Rubens (I believe there were three of his works), Cranach, and others. There is also currently an outstanding exhibit on works between Saxony and Bohemia that includes many other notable paintings by Cranach and others. Or, if you want to go to the other end of Prague Castle towards the west, visit the wonderful Lobkowitz palace. It has original copies of works by Beethoven (with his editing remarks) and Mozart (in his hand), a rare and wonderful Bruegel painting, works by Canaletto and Valazquez, and many other fine works in an elegant setting. The palace itself is beautiful and it collection wonderfully curated. Plus it has great views and a nice café. This is an OK gallery, but there are two much better ones only steps away that you will enjoy a great deal more.

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Neighborhood: Hradcany & Letna
Your experience in Prague will never be complete if you do not see it from the top. Hillsides, stretched from the west to the north, provide spectacular views of greenish copper cupolas, narrow cobblestone streets, bridges connecting both river banks and green gardens from red-roof tops of centuries-old houses. Prague pulls you into its 1300 year old history. Walking up the hill or stairs to Prague Castle, the historical seat of Czech rulers and the majestic Saint Vitus Cathedral can leave you speechless (and out of breath). Luckily, plenty of terrace cafés overlooking gardens and beautiful parks are available to provide rest and a place to catch your breath again.
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  • Lesser • 10 min walk

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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,494 contributions
Walk Another 100 Yards in Either Direction for Better Collections
Jul 2019 • Family
The Prague Castle Picture gallery has the benefit of being inside the security at Prague Castle and its close proximity to the tourist information office and St. Vitus, but there are far better museums close nearby, including the Prague National Gallery only 100 yards away with a larger and mostly better collection of old masters.

The Prague Castle Picture Gallery consists of about 3 galleries. If I recall, they don’t let you take photos here. The literature and signs boast works by Rubens, Cranach, and Titian, but that’s a bit misleading as they have about one painting by each of the three and not a lot else.

The Rubens is arguably the best of the three and, truthfully, it is a wonderful painting about the gods on Mt. Olympus holding some sort of court to decide a dispute between two of them (what the dispute was intended to represent is lost to history).

The Cranach painting is of Saints Catherine and Barbara. I like Cranach’s work and liked this painting of two early Christian martyrs.

The Titian painting is of a young woman at her toilet.

The remaining paintings are mixed, but this is not a large collection.

OK. So just outside castle security is the Prague National Gallery at the Sternberg Palace. The entrance to this second museum isn’t all that obvious - it was designed as a palace - and you have to walk down a curved side alley, but it is about 10 times as large and boasts wonderful works by Rembrandt (Scholar in his Study), Hals, Steen, Peter Bruegel (about 10, mostly but not all smaller works), Snyders, Rubens (I believe there were three of his works), Cranach, and others. There is also currently an outstanding exhibit on works between Saxony and Bohemia that includes many other notable paintings by Cranach and others.

Or, if you want to go to the other end of Prague Castle towards the west, visit the wonderful Lobkowitz palace. It has original copies of works by Beethoven (with his editing remarks) and Mozart (in his hand), a rare and wonderful Bruegel painting, works by Canaletto and Valazquez, and many other fine works in an elegant setting. The palace itself is beautiful and it collection wonderfully curated. Plus it has great views and a nice café.

This is an OK gallery, but there are two much better ones only steps away that you will enjoy a great deal more.
Written July 16, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

wirttravelers
West Virginia365 contributions
Meh.
Mar 2019 • Couples
They advertise a few of the Baroque masters, but they really don't have top quality work by those few superstars. The collection is small, poorly lit, and in need of a good cleaning by a restoration expert. The best part of the collection are the pieces by Czech artists. (They are also the most well-lit). Unless you are a die-hard Baroque fanatic, skip this one and go to the art museum at St. Agnes Convent instead.
Written April 1, 2019
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chienandalou
Seattle165 contributions
Marginal collection
Sep 2017 • Couples
Looks like a collection that has been picked over, and all the best paintings removed. Lighting is dim and many paintings look uncleaned. Still, there are a few interesting things here, and if you have a strong interest in European painting even second-rate stuff is worth a look.

If you're interested in painting, though, the Convent of St. Agnes is much higher value.
Written September 19, 2017
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Don L
2,788 contributions
All the Masters-Must See
Aug 2017 • Couples
If you love paintings and artwork and in particular Baroque art work you must see this exhibit.

All of the masters are represented and set up so that you can truly enjoy the mastery of their skills. Enjoy.
Written September 10, 2017
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Evets54
Southampton, UK279 contributions
Not that good
May 2017 • Couples
It costs an additional 100Cz to visit the gallery which is house in the old stables.

The gallery has been painted a sort of terracotta colour and consequently appears drab. Although you do get to see a couple of old masters much of the work is rather sadly rather uninspiring. Most of the great masters from the original collection was lost as spoils of war during the 17th century. What left is considered the most valuable.

If you are an art lover then I would suggest you buy the combination ticket for the Prague National Gallery and you will have the opportunity to see a much wider range of work.

Three of the galleries are just outside the castle walls - the Sternburg (European Middle Ages to 18th century), the Schwarzenburg (16th - 18th century
romantic / baroque) and the Salam (19th century European).

You also get the added advantage that all three galleries are housed in magnificent Palaces which are worth visiting in their own right.

Written May 28, 2017
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frankscorzelli
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Very interesting, informative and well displayed information.
Jun 2016 • Couples
Be sure to allow plenty of time to really take in the wonderful history of this beautiful Castle. We enjoyed our visit as we also had discussions about the castle along the way.
Written July 6, 2016
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark596 contributions
Really not much to this place.
May 2016 • Solo
It's a really small gallery- only 5 rooms, and not a heck of a lot of paintings of note. Maybe if it was included in some other pass, sure. But otherwise it's not even worth the 100 koruny entry fee. The real reason I chose to go was I need to use a washroom- and they didn't even have one of those!
Written May 9, 2016
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,347 contributions
Diverse, unique collection
Feb 2016
We didn't have but two other people in the entire gallery, a personal showing of a wonderful collection.
Written February 9, 2016
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Mike P
Wilmslow, UK144 contributions
Well worth an hour of your time
Jun 2015 • Couples
The main art gallery is in the Sternberg Palace, also on Castle Hill but this is well worth the 100 Kroner price of admission particularly if you like late gothic art. There are some real gems here.
Written June 3, 2015
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Bluejean77
Belfast, UK40 contributions
Wonderful paintings but poorly managed.
May 2015 • Couples
There were very few people in the gallery compared with the courtyard outside making it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of camera toting tourists. I would like to point out though to those running the place that there are insufficient signposts and boards with maps and other information. It took us quite some time to track the place down.
Inside you will find numerous works of art from the 15th century onwards from many different countries portraying a wide variety of subjects from mythology, royalty, country life and religious and theological imagery. The lighting is not as good as it could have been in my opinion. And to make matters worse information about the paintings is hard to locate and confusingly laid out. The security and gallery personnel seem quite content to watch you struggle and appear to have no idea of responsibility towards the visitors in respect to making their visit a worthwhile and pleasant one. Do not let this put you of though. Once found the Gallery is a worthwhile experience.
Written May 22, 2015
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