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Mirbach Palace, one of the Gallery´s buildings, dates back to 1768.
OLD MASTERS PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES
The collection of old masters works consists of paintings and sculptures from the Gothic period (the oldest work in the collection is the sculpture of Madonna of Vajnory, ca 1320) to the late 19th century. Most of the works represented in the collection are of Central European provenience, with enphasis on Bratislava circle from the Baroque period and the 19th century. The collection of Baroque art presents works by artists such as Jozef Kurtz, Paul Troger, Daniel Schmidely, Franz Anton Palko, Franz Anton Maulbertsch, or Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.
The quality of the nineteenth-century art collection is being guaranteed by works of artists working in Bratislava, such as Friedrich J. G. Lieder, Ferdinand von Lütgendorff, Giacomo Marastoni. The 19th century also covers part of work of famous sculptors, such as Alojz Rigele, Robert Kühmayer, Jozef Arpád Murmann or Alojz Stróbl. The City Gallery of Bratislava houses the most comprehensive collection of works by two Bratislava sculptors, Viktor Tilgner (1844 – 1896) and Ján Fadrusz (1858 – 1903), and Bratislava painter, Eduard Majsch (1841 – 1904).
The collection also includes Italian paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, best known as Guercino, Gregorio Lazzarini, Carlo Cignani and others), Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries (Cornelis Mahu, Joos van Kampen, Franz Paul de Ferg), and works from other European countries (Germany, Spain, France, England) from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
The collection of old masters paintings and sculptures also includes a unique set of six English tapestries from the 17th century, depicting the story of a tragic love of Hero and Leander.
PhDr. Želmíra Grajciarová