The Collection of Paintings at the National
Museum of Slovenia is the publication of a fund. The published material is
intended as a source for further research since it primarily provides
information that is fragmented in various archives and individual sections, but
perhaps most importantly, presents paintings that have been hidden away in
depots for decades.
A significant part of the collection – this
covers the period from the 16th to the mid-20th century – encompasses portraits
of men and women important for the Slovenian arena, the representatives of
individual noble and burgher families, as well as portraits of other people who
lived on local soil in the past. The paintings are of varying quality, from
significant, superior-quality European works (e.g. St Anne and the Holy Kinship
by the Master of Okolično), the highlights of Slovenian art (works by Franz
Ignaz Flurer, Matej Langus, Anton Karinger and the Impressionists) to various pieces
produced by amateurs. There are 1028 paintings published.
The collection is also published in The
Collection of Paintings at the National Museum of Slovenia monograph by Jasna
Horvat and Mateja Kos (Ljubljana 2011), which was published in the Sources –
Publications about the Slovene Material Culture series (Viri. Gradivo za materialno kulturo Slovencev).
Interesting fact: 20 selected
paintings from the collection of the National Museum of Slovenia are featured
in the Google Cultural Institute web gallery
at a very high resolution