The baroque Šternberg Palace is home to the National Gallery’s collection of European art from ancient Greece and Rome up to the 18th century, including works by Goya and Rembrandt. Fans of medieval altarpieces will be in heaven; there are also several Rubens, some Brueghels, and a large collection of Bohemian miniatures.
Pride of the gallery is the glowing Feast of the Rosary by Albrecht Dürer, an artist better known for his engravings. Painted in Venice in 1505 as an altarpiece for the church of San Bartolomeo, it was brought to Prague by Rudolf II; in the background, beneath the tree on the right, is the figure of the artist himself. For a bit of grotesque, snot-nosed realism, it’s worth a trip to the back of the 1st floor to see the 16th-century Dutch painting The Tearful Bride.
Tickets are valid for seven days, and give admission to all six of the National Gallery's permanent exhibitions: Kinský Palace, Convent of St Agnes, Veletržní Palác, Šternberg Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace and Salm Palace.