The Gallery of Old and New Masters

The Gallery of Old and New Masters


The Varaždin City Museum has been the home of the Gallery of Old and New Masters since 1939. It holds over 5300 artworks, divided into 10 collections.

The department has two permanent exhibitions: the Old Masters permanent exhibition and the Croatian masters of the 20th century permanent exhibition. They are interchangeably displayed on the first floor of the Sermage palace.

The Old Masters permanent exhibition

This exhibition includes the works of domestic and foreign authors, chronologically presented in the period between the 15th and the end of the 19th century. Its framework is made from Baroque paintings, especially Dutch and Italian Baroque, and Beidermeier painters from the second half of the 19th century.
The oldest painting, standing out amongst all others, is the Žitna Madona (‘the Virgin Mother with a Dress of Wheat’), painted in tempera on wood, made by an unknown 15th Century artist. It is one of only 80-odd paintings in Europe that depicts the Virgin Mother in a dress made of wheat, which makes it an incredible rarity and a true gem of Varaždin’s Galleries.

The Permanent Exhibition of 20th Century Croatian Masters

By systematically collecting artwork by Croatian authors, a comprehensive collection was created. In 2006 a significant permanent exhibition was formed from it. The new exhibition includes around 100 paintings by 81 20th century Croatian artists. Some of them are: Vlaho Bukovac, Ivan Meštrović, Miroslav Kraljević, Josip Račić, Ljubo Babić, Vladimir Becić, Ivo Režek, Vilim Svečnjak, Kosta Angeli Radovani, Ivan Lovrenčić, Milena Lah, Miljenko Stančić, Đuro Seder and many others.

Palača Sermage (18th century), Trg Miljenka Stančića 3
Phone: +385 (0)42 214 172
Visit duration: 40 mins, phone announcement required for group visits


Tuesday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.

Closed on Monday and public holidays.

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