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Archduke Ferdinand II. Habsburg

National Gallery in Prague – Wallenstein Riding School (Národní galerie v Praze – Valdštejnská jízdárna), Valdštejnská 3, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, 118 00


3. 11. 2017 – 25. 2. 2018

The exhibition is dedicated to the person and archduke Ferdinand II. Habsburg. About 300 exhibits will be on display – pictures, Renaissance armour, craft and natural objects and curiosities from his collection in the castle Ambras near Innsbruck.

At the behest of his father in 1547, he was put in charge of the administration of Bohemia and restoration of the royal residence there - Prague Castle. He went down in history as a collector and architects – the Summer Palace Hvězda in Prague was built according to his plan. He established one of the largest libraries in Central Europe, an extensive Kunstkammer and possessed an outstanding collection of famous men weapons.

More than half of the exhibits will be loaned from collections abroad. The aim of the exhibition is to present the Archduke as a historical figure connected with the history of Czech lands and the art of the Renaissance, and as a man with own personal ties and interests.

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