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Mirbach Palace, one of the Gallery´s buildings, dates back to 1768.



Cabinets of Prints

Mirbach Palace (show Contact)
Permanent Exhibition

Cabinets of prints, referred to as the “Cabinet of secular prints” and “Cabinet of biblical prints” based on prevailing subject matter, have been preserved as interior wall decoration of two rooms of the piano nobile at Mirbach Palace, most probably commissioned by an original owner of the building. They house 290 engravings, etchings and mezzotints from the latter half of the 17th and 18th centuries that were secondarily coloured by unknown artists.

The wall decoration in the Cabinet of secular prints consists of 84 prints of French, Italian and English provenance arranged in four lines. The collection comprises pastoral, allegorical, historic, mythological, genre and two religious subjects. The largest collection of works was made after the Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens. Other interesting prints include engravings made after François Boucher, Charles Joseph Dominique Eisen, Jean-Baptist Le Prince, Pierre Mignard, Louis de Boullogne, Pietro da Cortona or Angelica Kauffman.

The Cabinet of biblical prints encompasses 206 prints of different size with sacral subject matters. Remarkable works of Italian provenance on the central part of three walls are surrounded by rather smaller prints of Dutch, German, French and Italian origin that also decorate the eastern wall. The most extensive series of prints was made by Dutch engravers Caspar and Jan Luyken and Francesco Antonio Meloni. Also worth mentioning are prints made after Jacopo Amigoni, Giuseppe Zocchi, Giovanni Battista Pittoni, Pietro Longhi, Francesco Moard or Sébastien Le Clerc etc. Many works, for instance those made after Franz Sigrist the Elder, Gottfried Bernhard Göz, engravers (probably) Georg Philipp II Rugendas and Jakob Gottlieb Thelott, were printed by a German publishing house run by Johann Georg Hertel.


Mgr. Martina Vyskupová


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Other exhibitions/actions

Mirbach Palace / Exhibition
Author: Juraj Gavula
Curators: Matej Gavula a Vladimíra Büngerová
30. 6. 2021 - 24. 10. 2021
Pálffy Palace / Exhibition
Curators: Jana Kapelová a Nina Vidovencová
27. 5. 2021 - 5. 9. 2021
Mirbach Palace / Accompanying action
19. 5. 2021 - 31. 8. 2021
Mirbach Palace / Exhibition
1. 5. 2021 - 31. 12. 2021

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