Located in the heart of Bucharest, in the former Royal Palace, the National Museum of Art of Romania has been open to the public since 1950. Today the institution includes the National Gallery (Romanian medieval and modern art) and the European Art Gallery. Hundreds of icons, embroideries, silverware, ornaments, ceramic objects, wood and stone sculptures are on display, within the Romanian Medieval Art Gallery. It is the most complex monographic presentation of Romanian artworks from the 14th century to the first half of the 19th century, coming from Moldova, Wallachia and Transylvania.
The pieces reflect the impressive way in which the Byzantine tradition blends with Western or Eastern influences, giving rise to original artistic forms. The Modern Romanian Art Gallery tells the story of Romanian art from the mid-19th century to the late 1970s, while the European Art Gallery, whose core consists of King Carol’s art collection, includes the works of renowned artists, such as sculptors Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel, Antoine Bourdelle and other European masters.