The Mimara Museum (Croatian: Muzej Mimara) is an art museum in the city of Zagreb, Croatia. It is situated on Roosevelt Square, housing the collection by Wiltrud and Ante Topić Mimara. Its full official name is the Art Collection of Ante and Wiltrud Topić Mimara.Plan to visit Mimara Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Zagreb attractions using our Zagreb journey planner.
According to Thomas Hoving, "Topic Mimara's hoard of masterpieces are 95 percent fakes produced by him and his hired forgers."
Of the total of 3,700 varied works of art, more than 1,500 exhibits constitute permanent holdings, dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Lorenzetti, Giorgione, Veronese, Canaletto, 60 paintings by the Dutch masters Van Goyen, Ruisdael, 50 works by the Flemish masters Van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, more than 30 by the Spanish masters Velázquez, Murillo, Goya, some 20 paintings by the German masters Holbein, Liebermann, Leibl, some 30 paintings by the English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Bonington and more than 120 paintings by the French masters Georges de La Tour, Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Degas. The drawings collection holds some 200 drawings by Bronzino, Guardi, Claude Lorrain, Le Brun, Oudry, Greuze, Géricault, and Friesz.
The museum was opened in 1987. The building itself originates from the 19th century, its conversion to a museum overseen by a Zagreb architect Kuno Waidmann; originally it served as a gymnasium.
Mimara Museum Reviews
A joy to wander among the masters.....with rarely another person in sight. The top floor exhibits paintings primarily from the 12th to the 20th centuries. French, Spanish, Italian, and... more »
This is an exceptional mega Museum consisting of private art collection of Ante Topic Mimara, a rare and dedicated individual. I went through this amazing exhibits spanning three millennia from wide..... more »
Nice museum, although I have expected more from the one of the main museums in the capital of a country, especially the fine arts section - aside from the very few works of the greatest names of art (3 or 4) , most of the paintings are made by so-called "schools" or followers (imitators) of these great artists. The permanent exhibition mostly consists of baroque, gothic, a little bit of renaissance and (to my disappointment) a very few works of impressionism. The display is a bit stretched out just to fill out the grand space.
Nice museum - would recommend! Three floors with exhibits from different areas (China, Europe, Middle East) and time periods, including pieces from artists like Degas and Velazquez. There’s also a nice cafe inside for coffee or a cocktail and a patio.
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