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Old Art

± 10 900 artworks

The Slovak National Gallery was founded in 1948 and a significant part of its academic expertise was dedicated to research and presentation of Old Art from its very beginning - not only Slovak Art and not only from Slovakia. This seemingly trite statement may prove to be surprising, if one considers the situation of the 1950s in the context of contemporary cultural politics. On one hand, state institutions were enriched by the funds from confiscated property on the basis of Beneš decrees, on the other hand, particularly sacral art was put aside. Nevertheless, acquisitions and gifts formed the core of the collection of classical art from the very beginning. Gothic and Baroque sacral artworks are also given the necessary attention through acquisition, restoration and, in the 1970s, even presentation, whether in Zvolen Castle, or the central SNG in Bratislava.

The Slovak National Gallery is currently curating the following collections: Collection of Gothic Art, Collection of Baroque Art and Collection of Old Drawings and Graphic Art, Collection of Old European Art and Collection of 19th Century Art.

Because of the reconstruction of main SNG building in Bratislava, only a fraction of the Old Art Collection is on exhibition in the capital city - SNG Non-Permanent Exhibition. Large parts of the Collection of Gothic Art and the Collection of European Art of 16th - 18th Century are presented as part of permanent exhibitions of SNG in Zvolent Castle. Visitors can also find works of Master Paul of Levoča (copies made during restorations in the 1950s), and the transfers of wall paintings from the "Zvolen Rectory" and small collection of icons.

Zvolen is also key facility for maintenance of old art deposits. Strážky Chateau near Kežmarok is also very important when it comes to classical art. The permanent exhibition of portrait and works of Ladislav Mednyánszky is housed here.



 
Gothic art
Gothic art
± 181 artworks
Old european art
Old european art
± 465 artworks
Baroque art
Baroque art
± 706 artworks
Collection of icons
Collection of icons
± 71 artworks
19th century art
19th century art
± 5 655 artworks
 
 

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