The Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), an organisation governed by the City of Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic, is established in 1961. The core of the collection was transferred from the Bratislava City Museum. The GMB collection now comprises a total of 34,000 items, including many Dutch, Flemish and Netherlandish prints and paintings.
The collection of Old Master paintings contains several dozens of works attributed to Dutch and Flemish artists. Most of them were acquired by the GMB, with only a few being transferred from the older museum collections. The best known artists, such as Cornelis Mahu, Gillis Valckenborch and Jan Fyt are on display in the decorated State Rooms of the Primate´s Palace.
The collection of Old Master prints and drawings includes unique artworks representing the values of Dutch and Flemish art. Among the most numerous are prints of early Baroque and northern Mannerism with religious and mythological scenes, portraits, genre paintings, landscapes and vedute by great Flemish, Netherlandish and Dutch artists, such as Abraham Bloemaert, Cornelis and Philip Galle, Goltzius, Hendrick Goudt, Joris Hoefnagel, Romeyn de Hooghe, Pieter de Jode II, Crispijn van de Passe I, Rembrandt, Aegidius Sadeler II, Jan Sadeler I, Joannes Stradanus, Maarten de Vos and Hans Vredeman de Vries.
Jana Luková, Curator of Old Master Paintings and Sculptures & Patricia Ballx, Curator of Old Master Drawings and Prints (June 2020)