Himalayan Art Resources

Collection of the National Gallery in Prague (Painting)

National Gallery of Prague - Painting Gallery | Sculpture Gallery | Best of Collection | Mahasiddha Set

"The history of the National Gallery in Prague started to be written on 5 February 1796 when a group of significant representatives of the patriotically oriented Czech nobility along with several middle-class intellectuals from the ranks of Enlightenment movement decided (to put it in period terminology) to 'elevate the deteriorated taste of the local public.' The corporation, which received the title Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, then established two important institutions which Prague had, up until then, lacked: the Academy of Fine Arts and the publicly accessible Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts. The Picture Gallery became a direct predecessor of, what is today, the National Gallery in Prague." (The National Gallery of Prague website)