In 2018, it has been 350 years since the artist who lifted the limits of art in Central-European Baroque was born. Brandl gave Baroque art a typical figure, colour tones and landscape. The National Gallery is commemorating his birth by publishing a comprehensive book of his work and this is an invitation to see his work with your own eyes! We will tell you where you can see his artwork.
Who Petr Brandl wasPetr Brandl was born in Prague in 1668; his father was a tailor and he later owned a pub. The artist-to-be studied at the Jesuit grammar school next to St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town of Prague, however, he did not finish school. He was accepted into the workshop of the court artist and inspector of the imperial castle art gallery in Prague. The talented artist was in demand and he made good money, but he also spent a lot of money and he had issues with creditors and disputes with almost everyone he came into contact with for most of his life. The richest people ordered works of art from him, such as Count Franz Anton von Sporck, who had the Kuks Baroque hospital built.
Brandl was a bohemian and he was vital even when he got old. He was a true extravagant bohemian and he never stopped living beyond his means. He had debts everywhere he went, for example in one of the shops in Lesser Town where he owed money for tobacco, Spanish wine and expensive powder. He even owed money for rackets and balls in the local tennis shop. However, he did not care: the important thing was that he played with the nobility and had opportunities to establish important business contacts.