Exhibitions/ Bartholomeus Spranger

Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague

At The Met Fifth Avenue
November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015

Exhibition Overview

The first major exhibition devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors, this exhibition examines Spranger's remarkable career through a selection of his rare paintings, drawings, and etchings, most of which are on loan from international museums and private collections. Spranger emerged as one of the most prominent artists at the court of Rudolf II in Prague and the most significant Northern Mannerist artist of his generation. Adding a unique dimension to the exhibition are works by artists who helped shape Spranger's artistic horizon.

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The exhibition is made possible by the Placido Arango Fund and The Schiff Foundation.

The catalogue is made possible by the Drue E. Heinz Fund.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in

Bartholomeus Spranger (Netherlandish, 1546–1611). Jupiter and Antiope, 1596. Oil on canvas. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, GG 5752