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Lobkowicz Palace On Prague Castle Offers New Great Exposition

Lobkowicz Palace on Prague Castle offers new great exposition

3 April 2007, 18:22 - Art
One of the most remarkable buildings of Prague Castle - Lobkowicz Palace - got a new exposition. After general reconstruction of the building, the Palace was opened yesterday for public. The Palace was returned to Lobkowicz noble family in 2003 - it was confiscated after World War II.

The new exposition offers the best from Lobkowicz collections, the most precious artifacts from the private collection gathered by Lobkowicz families for seven centuries.

Four paintings establish the core of the Lobkowicz exposition: Velázquez's portrait of Spanish infant, two Canaletto's perspectives of London and Haymaking by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1556, which is supposed to be first landscape with some "action" on it, not only an illustrative scenery. The picture shows people working on field in the foreground with village and rocks in the background (see reprint from Lobkowitz website).

The exposition could count with 22 halls and rooms in two floors inside the building. Historically, the exposition covers portraits from Renaissance and other eras. Not only paintings are displayed - visitors can find musical instruments, manuscript score made by Mozart.

Some of the pieces have been moved from the Castle of Nelahozeves near Kralupy nad Vltavou, some 25 kms north from Prague. Nelahozeves Castle is the seat of Lobkowicz family.

The Palace housed the exposition of older Czech history, of National Museum in Prague. The Museum will still display part of its collections in the building, but now will have to compete with the permanent exposition made by Lobkowicz.

WHERE: Lobkowicz Palace (Lobkovický Palác), Jiřská 3, Prague Castle, Prague 1

WHEN: permanent exhibition