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Editor in Chief: Vojtěch Lahoda, Institute of Art History ASCR

Editorial board: Beket Bukovinská (Institute of Art History ASCR), Andrzej Kozieł (Uniwersytet Wrocławski), Lubomír Konečný (Institute of Art History ASCR), Jana Pánková (Institute of Art History ASCR), Roman Prahl (Charles University, Prague), Dalibor Prix (Institute of Art History ASCR) – Jiří Roháček (Institute of Art History ASCR), Lubomír Slavíček (Masaryk University, Brno), Juraj Šedivý (Comenius University in Bratislava), Alena Volrábová (National Gallery, Prague), Jindřich Vybíral (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague), Marek Walczak (Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie)

The Institute of Art History's publishing house Artefactum was founded in 1994 with the aim not only of publishing (mainly in Czech, sometimes in English or German) the results of the research of the Institute, but also of making accessible the original work of Czech and international art historians on important European (primarily Central European) topics. It is the only publishing house in the Czech Republic to publish selected dissertations that have been defended at Czech universities in the field of art history.

A dominant role in the financing of the works published is played by the Editorial Board of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The Artefactum publishing house coordinates its activities with the Academia publishing house.

Artefactum publishes two regular series of works: Fontes historiae artium, a series of editions of written sources from Czech and international archives on the history of Czech and international visual art; and Opera minora historiae artium, focusing mainly on monograph studies devoted both to individual artists and to specific works of art. The collection of epigraphic and sepulchral studies Epigraphica & Sepulcralia reflects the current state of research in this field, while independent books on research in this sphere of study are published in the series Epigraphica & Sepulcralia Monographica. Starting at the end of 2013, short texts devoted to selected monuments have been published in an attractive pocket-guide format in the series Monumenta Bohemiae et Moraviae. Among its other standard publications are conference proceedings and research catalogues, and the Bulletin Studia Rudolphina.

Executive Editor: Helena Dáňová, Institute of Art History ASCR

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Fontes historiae artium

Opera minora historiae artium

Epigraphica & Sepulcralia Monographica

Monumenta Bohemiae et Moraviae

Bulletin Studia Rudolphina



Cooming soon

Jan Chlíbec – Jiří Roháček, Sepulchral sculpture in Bohemia in the Jagiellon period (english edition)
Ivo Purš – Hedvika Kuchařová, Knihovna arcivévody Ferdinanda II. Tyrolského (1529-1595)




Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 5

Fórum epigrafických a sepulkrálních studií [Forum for epigraphic and sepulchral studies]

Jiří Roháček (ed.)

A further volume in the series Epigraphica et Sepulcralia, with a concept as a periodical forum for epigraphic and sepulchral studies, and the aim of mapping out the current state of research in two disciplines that are in practice closely linked – sepulchral research and mediaeval and early modern epigraphy. It is intended that individual issues will deliberately include articles with various chronological, thematic, disciplinary, and methodological approaches, and contributions by leading Czech and international researchers together with a selection of high-quality articles by researchers from the rising generation. In the current publication, therefore, in addition to the proceedings from the tenth meeting zasedání Longius aut propius, mors sua quemque manet held in Prague on 31 October – 2 November 2012, further complementary articles are to be found as outlined above.

First edition, Czech, Slovak, English, summary in English and Czech, 410 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2014
ISBN 978-80-86890-66-1



Arcivévoda Ferdinand Tyrolský a jeho letohrádek v evropském kontextu [The Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol and his “Star” Summer Palace in a European Context]

Ivan Prokop Muchka, Ivo Purš, Sylva Dobalová, Jaroslava Hausenblasová

The Hvězda [Star] Renaissance summer palace is one of the symbols of Prague. The collective of researchers under the direction of Ivan Prokop Muchka emphasises that the unusual form of the Hvězda Summer Palace and the exceptional artistic quality of its stucco decoration surpass anything that can be found in Czech or European hunting lodges. The authors of the book have placed the Hvězda Summer Palace in the context of Habsburg “leisure” architecture, but also in the context of European architecture. The universal idea of a building intended for seasonal relaxation in a green environment runs virtually unchanged throughout the whole of the early modern age; however, it takes on various concrete forms in diverse architectural projects. Among the specific features of the Prague summer palace that are analysed in detail in the text are the six-pointed star ground plan, the surprisingly monumental character of the building, its seemingly pointless fortress-like character, the extremely demanding technical nature of the roof, and the multisemantic yet playful iconography of the white stucco reliefs in the interior, evoking ancient Rome. In the same way, the game preserve surrounding the building (which already in Renaissance times was embellished by laying out wide avenues intersecting in the form of a star) is interpreted by the authors as an important element helping to create the character of the Hvězda. A key role in the construction of the summer palace was played by the Vice-Regent in Prague, Ferdinand II of Tyrol (1529–1595), who commissioned the building and was its “inventor”. His role at the court, humanist nature, and open social lifestyle all influenced the cultural environment in the places where he lived. The Hvězda Summer Palace was intended to make an impact with its artistic features, captivate the minds of viewers, appeal to their sense of beauty, and at the same time be used for sporting activities. The wealth of motifs and ideas that may have inspired the artists who decorated it are portrayed in the superb pictorial documentation of the book. The new photos of the stucco decoration of the Hvězda are the work of Vlado Bohdan.

First edition, in Czech, English summary, 569 p., colour illustrations, hardback, Praha 2014
ISBN 978-80-86890-65-4

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Tencalla I-II

Barokní nástěnná malba v českých zemích [Baroque Ceiling Painting in Czech Lands]

Martin Mádl (ed.)

This two-volume art-historical study devoted to the painters Carpoforo Tencalla (1623–1685) and his younger cousin and pupil Giacomo Tencalla (1644–1689) came into being as part of a programme focusing on the documentation of and research into 17th- and 18th-century ceiling paintings in the Czech lands, which is being developed by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with other institutions in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
The first volume of the book includes essays dealing with the lives of the two artists, describing those who commissioned their work, examining the character of their work as painters, and considering within broader contexts the nature of the commissions that these painters were involved in. Other artists who worked with these fresco painters on extensive representative projects are referred to in excursuses. The first volume also includes a select list of the written sources that refer to the life and work of the two Tencallas and their activity in Bohemia and Moravia.
The second volume contains a catalogue of the ceiling paintings that the Tencallas created in Moravia and Bohemia. The catalogue is divided into fourteen separate chapters focusing on individual projects, and includes all the cycles of wall and ceiling paintings by both artists in what is today the Czech Republic which we know of, both those that have been preserved and those that have not survived but are recorded in archive sources. It provides information on the chateau in Náměšť nad Oslavou, the buildings in the Flover gardens in Kroměříž, the Archbishop’s Palace in Olomouc, the pilgrimage church of the Visitation on the Holy Hill (Svatý Kopeček) near Olomouc, the chateaus in Roudnice nad Labem, Lnáře, Troja, and Libochovice, and other sacred and secular buildings in Bohemia and Moravia. The catalogue also includes paintings which, while not the work of either Carpoforo or Giacomo Tencalla, were created as an integral part of a broader thematic programme in the buildings discussed.
The authors of the texts are Marjeta Ciglenečki, Polona Vidmar, Radka Miltová, Andrea Rousová, Radka Tibitanzlová, Jana Zapletalová, Herbert Karner, Petr Maťa, Pavel Zahradník, Martin Halata, Petr Macek, Sylva Dobalová, Martin Krummholz and Martin Mádl.

First edition, in Czech, English summary, 499 + 647 p., colour illustrations, index of names and places, Praha 2012–2013
ISBN 978-80-86890-60-6

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De sacris imaginibus

Patroni, malíři a obrazy předbělohorské Prahy [Patrons, Paintiers and Images in Prague before the Battle of White Mountain]

Michal Šroněk

The publication focuses primarily on Catholic pictorial culture in the Prague milieu in the period before the Battle of the White Mountain, and the most important patrons, artists, and places for which the paintings were intended. In the book, paintings are regarded as a medium which, in a society divided by confessional allegiances, played a role of external representation, and in some cases a didactic role, within the Catholic community, serving as an instrument of self-identification. The second part of the work deals with the attitude of Catholics towards non-Catholic culture in the country shortly after the defeat of the uprising by the estates in 1620 and in the period in which the Catholic Counter-Reformation was launched.

First edition, in Czech, English summary, 175 p., colour illustrations, index of name and places, Praha 2013
ISBN 978-80-86890-63-0


Sphaera octava I-IV

Mýty a věda o hvězdách [Myths and Science of Stars]

Alena Hadravová

The first Czech translation of Pseudo-Hyginus’s Myths offers to readers a rich factographic material on Greek mythology. This text has form of scholia of unknown Roman author from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. from an unpreserved Hyginus’s work written at the break of the era. The Myths were later a favorite source of artists’s inspiration.
Hyginus’s On Astronomy from the break of era is a summary of ancient (old Greek) ideas on origins of constellations based on different literary sources, however, it is also a kind of a star catalogue in a prose. This work significantly influenced artist’s imagination of the appearance of constellations till the early-modern epoch as well as the medieval reception of the ancient science on constellations. The first Czech translation is accompanied with the first translation of Pseudo-Eratosthenes’s work Catasterismi and also with a reprint of Radislav Hošek’s translation of Aratos’s Phaenomena. Both these works were older sources for Hyginus.
On the base of medieval scholia with excerpts from Hyginus’s work on astronomy as well as from his predecessors, Michael Scotus wrote his treatise on constellations (De signis) at the Sicilian court of the Emperor Frederick II around 1220. The third volume of the tetralogy provides a transcription and Czech translation of an anonymous Latin treatise dependent on the Michael’s text. This tractate is written in a manuscript saved now in Prague, National Library XXVI A 3, around the year 1405. The edition is accompanied by Czech translation and by an extended illustrated study on the iconography of constellations from antiquity to early-modern epoch as well as by a study on the iconography of planets, written by the historian of arts Lenka Panušková.
The Premyslid celestial globe (saved now in Bernkastel-Kues) is supposed to be a part of a collection of astronomical instruments and manuscripts of Czech Kings Premysl Ottakar II or Wenceslas II in the 13th century. Results of an interdisciplinary cooperation of classical philologist and astrophysicist show, that the origin of the unique instrument could be connected with the environment of the Hohenstaufen court of Frederick II on Sicily. The globe is the oldest preserved celestial globe of Christian Europe. It continues directly in the ancient tradition and it is constructed with an extraordinary precision according to Ptolemy’s coordinates of stars and his prescriptions on globe making. The volume is completed with an edition and Czech translation of Latin version of al-Sufi’s Catalogue of Fixed Stars (ms. Prague, Strahov DA II 13), in which the Ptolemy’s catalogue was known to the medieval science.

1. Pseudo-Hyginus: Myths (Fabulae)
2. Gaius Iulius Hyginus: On astronomy (De astronomia)
3. Medieval Treatises on Constellations
4. Catalogues of Stars and Premyslid Celestial Globe

First edition, in Czech, 1208 p., colour illustrations, hardback, Praha, Academia / Artefactum 2013
ISBN (Artefactum) 978-80-86890-56-9

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Chrám sv. Vavřince v Jablonném v Podještědí [The Church of St. Lawrence in Jablonné v Podještědí]

Pavel Vlček

This small publication in pocket-guide format is aimed at the broadest possible lay public, but also at specialist readers. In the compact text the expert on Baroque architecture Pavel Vlček presents information about the former sacred buildings of the mediaeval Dominican monastery and church that preceded the monumental Baroque building of the monastery and pilgrimage church of St. Lawrence and the Dominican convent and also, in particular, a detailed description of the construction and later fate of Hildebrandt’s famous church, observed against the background of historical circumstances and the architectural context. The history of the building is covered down to the present day. In conclusion, there are passages devoted to the artistic furnishings of the church, and there is also a brief “hagiography” of St. Zdislava and a bibliography referring those who are interested to sources representing various points of view.

First edition, in Czech, 55 p., colour illustrations, Praha 2014
ISBN 978-80-86890-50-0


Libellus Amicorum Beket Bukovinská

Lubomír Konečný – Lubomír Slavíček (edd.)

An important work published by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in 2013 is an extensive festschrift prepared to mark the occasion of the 70th birthday of Beket Bukovinská, an internationally acclaimed specialist on art handicraft in the time of the Emperor Rudolf II and on the Emperor’s Kunstkammer. Contributions were made to the festschrift by researchers coming from both the Czech Republic (in addition to the two editors, Polana Bregantová, Sylva Dobalová, Eliška Fučíková, Charlotta Kotíková, Vojtěch Lahoda, Martin Mádl, Ivan Muchka, Ivo Purš, Štěpán Vácha, Hana Seifertová, and Petr Wittlich) and from other countries (Günter Irmscher, Lars Olof Larsson, Dorothy Limouze, Sergius Michalski, Jürgen Müller, Madelon Simons, Ilja Veldman, Thea Vignau-Wilberg, and Jürgen Zimmer). All the articles are related to the age of the Emperor Rudolf II and the art of that time, so that, in contrast to Festschrifts that provide a cross-section of different periods and themes, it can be anticipated that this volume will become an organic part of the basic literature for future Rudolfine research.

First edition, in Czech, English and Germany with an Czech and English summary, 335 p., black-and-white and colour illustrations, Praha 2013
ISBN 978-80-86890-62-3


Krematorium v procesu sekularizace českých zemí 20. století [The Crematorium in the Process of Secularisation in the Czech Lands in the Twentieth Century]

Ideové, stavební a typologické proměny [Changes in Ideas, Construction, and Typology]

Markéta Svobodová

The focus of interest of the author is the history of the architectural type of the crematorium, the ideas underlying it, and its presentation in a broader historical context. The text represents the first comprehensive view of issues relating to the emergence of crematoria and the cremation movement in the Czech lands from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st in the context of the process of secularisation of the whole of society. Crematoria are among the modern construction types whose emergence is closely linked with the advancement of civic non-confessional rights. The first designs were initiated by associations that were established for the purpose of propagating cremation and originated directly from, or built on the activities of, other societies or organisations propagating the secularisation of society. The author points out the interconnection between the cremation associations and the new buildings, reflected in particular on the symbolic level, for the shock of the modern funeral method was overcome by means of an ideological programme.

First edition, in Czech with an English summary, 182 pp., black-and-white illustrations, Praha 2013
ISBN 978–80–86890–51–7

Attached file: Krematoria_obsah / content (PDF)

Od kabaly k Titaniku [From the Cabbala to the Titanic]

Deset studií nejen z dějin umění [Ten Art-Historical (and Other) Studies]

Lubomír Konečný – Anna Rollová – Rostislav Švácha (edd.)

This small volume contains ten studies of various formats on a variety of themes by authors of different generations. Its aim is not to analyse a specific issue or theme, but to present the variety of interests in contemporary art history and the varied spectrum of approaches to works of art. The publication therefore goes beyond the usual framework of art-historical work and endeavours to provide the reader with a more profound insight into the scholarly process of acquiring knowledge – in particular (though not only) in cases where a work of art and the issues relating to it give rise to a variety of responses in related disciplines, such as sociology, philosophy, history, and literature. Some studies present somewhat unexpected “close encounters of the third kind” – between poetry and science or the fine arts and film; others reconstruct the social context of works of art; while others “theorise” about their form.

First edition, in Czech with an English summary, 255 p., black-and-white and colour illustrations, Praha 2013
ISBN 978–80–86890–58–6


In puncto religionis

Konfesní dimenze předbělohorské kultury Čech a Moravy [Confessional Dimensions of the Culture of Bohemia and Moravia in the Period before the Battle of the White Mountain]

Michal Šroněk – Kateřina Horníčková (edd.)

This collection of studies on the pre-Reformation and Reformation culture of Bohemia and Moravia deals with the issue of the confessional culture of Bohemia and Moravia in the late Middle Ages and the early modern age. It presents the issue of confessional art through individual in-depth analytical studies of individual works or groups of works. A substantial part of the work is devoted to the visual arts, but it also considers liturgical music and architecture. A positive feature of the publication is that it examines the works produced by various confessional tendencies and places them next to each other, thus allowing the reader a comparative view of the theme being studied. The work is divided into three thematic sections, dealing with (1) general aspects of the study of Reformation culture in the Czech lands, (2) analyses of individual phenomena or fields of Reformation art, and (3) the question of tolerance and intolerance, as it is projected into specific works of art.

First edition, in Czech with an English summary, 264 p., black-and-white and colour illustrations, Praha 2013
ISBN 978–80–86890–57–9

Series: Fontes historiae artium XV

Karl Friedrich Kühn, Verzeichnis der kunstgeschichtlichen und historischen Denkmale im Landkreis Friedland [Karl Friedrich Kühn: A Register of Art-Historical and Historical Heritage Sites in the Friedland District]

Edice nedokončeného rukopisu [Transcription of an unfinished manuscript]

Kristina Uhlíková (ed.)

This book represents the third art-historical register of the Czech lands that was not published at the time it was originally compiled to have been issued in recent years (now essentially as a historical source) in the series Fontes Historiae Artium. While the first two volumes, describing art-historical heritage sites in the Pardubice and Ledeč districts, were prepared by their authors for the Czech Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Friedland (Frýdlant) district, like most of the Sudeten German regions, was originally intended for publication by the Deutsche Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften und Künste für die Tschechoslowakische Republik. Kühn’s listing of the heritage sites in the Friedland region is of a very high scholarly standard, due to the education, longstanding practice in monument conservation, and extensive research experience of the author. The quality of the text and the unique record it provides of the state of art-historical monuments before the widespread devastation of the last 60 years are perhaps sufficient reason for publishing this manuscript, which, in view of the tragic fate of its author, was preserved almost by a miracle.

First edition, in German with a Czech introduction, 351 p., black-and-white illustrations, Praha 2013
ISBN 978–80–86890–59–3


Buquoyský Rožmberk [Rožmberk Under the Buquoys]

Vizuální kultura šlechtického sídla v období romantického historismu [The visual culture of an aristocratic residence in the period of romantic historicism]

Jan Ivanega – Petr Šámal – Petra Trnková

The book Rožmberk Under the Buquoys examines an important stage in the construction history of Rožmberk Castle in the early modern period and also the lives and artistic patronage of the owners of the estate at that time, in particular Georg Johann Heinrich Buquoy (1814–1882). On the basis of a study of the written sources and recently discovered pictorial ones, the work describes the salient circumstances surrounding the creation of the “Castle Museum” in the mid-19th century, which was intended not only to celebrate the history of the Longueval de Buquoy family, but also to present an extensive collection of artefacts and antique items to the broad public. Essential parts of the very comprehensive conception of Georg Johann Heinrich Buquoy, who commissioned the work, included architectural alterations to the castle complex and its surroundings, assembling furniture and arranging for the decoration, and also ongoing pictorial documentation. Those involved in this work included not only local artists abut also others who were based elsewhere, especially in the Austrian metropolis. The aim of the book is not to provide an exhaustive description of this very lively construction and artistic activity in Rožmberk in the period from the 1840s to the 1860s, but rather to draw attention to a whole series of noteworthy facts which add to and in many ways expand what we knew about Rožmberk Castle until now. Today we can see it to a large extent in the form that the first visitors in the 1850s had the opportunity to become familiar with.
The book is part of the project “Renewing the Buquoy Cultural Landscape: Saving a moveable cultural heritage as the basis for renewing the memory of a site and a cultural identity”.

First edition, in Czech with an English summary, 143 pp., coloured illustrations, Praha 2013
ISBN 978-80-86890-48-7


Buquoyské Nové Hrady [Nové Hrady under the Buquoys]

Počátky krajinných parků v Čechách [The Beginnings of Landscape Parks in Bohemia]

Martin Krummholz

This publication by Martin Krummholz outlines the story of patronage by the Buquoy family in the second half of the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century, the main protagonists of which were Terezie Buquoyová-Paarová (1746–1818) and her great-nephew Jiří Jan Buquoy (1814–1882). The important Buquoy foundation for supporting the landscape park in Terezie Valley is analysed and situated in a broader geographical and cultural-social framework. Other seats of the Buquoy family are then examined, in the context of a network of residences – in addition to Nové Hrady, especially Červený Hrádek in Northern Bohemia, their summer house in the Bubeneč district of Prague, and their palace in Vienna. Thanks to a number of new insights and connections that have been discovered, the Buquoy foundations and the family’s activities as collectors and patrons take on European dimensions. The book is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of materials from the holdings of the following institutions: the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; the České Budějovice regional branch of the National Heritage Institute; and the State Regional Archives in Třeboň. Nearly all this iconographic and archive material is hitherto unknown. The book has been published to accompany the exhibition “The Buquoy Landscape in Nové Hrady”.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 152 p., colour illustrations, Prague 2012
ISBN 978-80-86890-44


Tvary, formy, ideje [Shapes, Forms, Ideas]

Studie a eseje k dějinám a teorii architektury [Studies and essays on the history and theory of architecture]

Taťána Petrasová – Marie Platovská (eds.)

The seventeen original texts assembled here as a tribute to the prominent Czech architectural historian and theorist Rostislav Švácha (* 1952) are linked by three themes that recur in his work. “Shapes” refers to his book Lomené, hranaté a obloukové tvary. Česká kubistická architektura 1911–1923 [Pointed, Square, and Arched Shapes. Czech Cubist Architecture 1911–1923] (2000), which reflects his interest in the classic figures of art history and in the psychology of shape. Rostislav Švácha’s reflections on space which is also a specific form and idea follows an intellectual line leading from a purely formal, stylistic interpretation to a deeper understanding of the ideas underlying works of art. The studies examine themes that he deals with in his work, and also his unmistakable method, consisting in the combination of formal interpretation with questions of the moral quality of architectural work. This interpretation of shapes and forms provides the background for the selection of texts by a number of prominent colleagues and pupils of Rostislav Švácha presented in this volume. Similar opinions to his can be found in Kenneth Frampton’s interpretation of the urbanistic megaform, Monika Platzer’s interest in the non-canonical use of the architectural forms of classical Modernism, Brutalism, and High-tech style in neighbouring Austria, or Henrieta Moravčíková’s contribution on Slovak Brutalism in the 1960s. The attraction and centrifugal force of Švácha’s themes are superbly represented by studies by Vojtěch Lahoda on the problem of architectural form in sculpture and by Jindřich Vybíral, whose methodological reflections on writing biographies of artists are a self-ironic reflection on the discipline. The contributions and themes chosen by Švácha’s youngest collaborators Richard Biegel, Hubert Guzik, Martin Horáček, Ludmila Hůlková, and Ivana Panochová show that powerful personalities are capable of training people who are like themselves.

First edition, Czech, English, summary in English, 350 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2012
ISBN 978-80-86890-47-0

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Epigraphica et Sepulcralia 4

Fórum epigrafických a sepulkrálních studií [Forum for epigraphic and sepulchral studies]

Jiří Roháček (ed.)

A further volume in the series Epigraphica et Sepulcralia, with a new concept as a periodical forum for epigraphic and sepulchral studies, and the aim of mapping out the current state of research in two disciplines that are in practice closely linked – sepulchral research and mediaeval and early modern epigraphy. It is intended that individual issues will deliberately include articles with various chronological, thematic, disciplinary, and methodological approaches, and contributions by leading Czech and international researchers together with a selection of high-quality articles by researchers from the rising generation. Only in this way will it be possible to overcome the undesirable tendency towards narrow specialisation and to promote the idea of gradually building up an interdisciplinary methodical and factual base for further research. In the current publication, therefore, in addition to the proceedings from the tenth meeting Contra vim mortis non est medicamen in hortis held in Prague on 3–4 November 2011, further complementary articles are to be found as outlined above, altogether 21 main articles and 5 other items (materials, news, and reviews).

First edition, Czech, Slovak, English, summary in English and Czech, 571 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2013
ISBN 978-80-86890-45-6


Artem ad vitam

Kniha k poctě Ivo Hlobila [A book paying tribute to Ivo Hlobil]

Helena Dáňová – Klára Mezihoráková – Dalibor Prix (eds.)

The book Artem ad vitam is being published to mark the seventieth birthday of Prof. PhDr. Ivo Hlobil, CSc., a leading art historian. His career is linked primarily with two institutions: the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in Prague, and the Department of the History and Theory of Fine Art at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc. The publication is made up of a wide-ranging mosaic of contributions by his friends, colleagues, and students. The book is divided into three sections, corresponding to the main areas of research interest of Ivo Hlobil. The first two include essays devoted to the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, while the third part is devoted to monument conservation and the theory of visual art. Many of the authors relate some aspects of their text directly to Prof. Hlobil, and an interesting discourse develops between the many essays with connected themes.

First edition, Czech, German, English, summary in English, 716 p., colour and black-and-white illustrations, hardback, Praha 2012
ISBN 978-80-86890-46-3

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Emauzský cyklus [The Emmaus Cycle]

Kateřina Kubínová

In the cloister of the Na Slovanech Benedictine monastery in Prague, also known as the Emmaus monastery, an extensive cycle of wall paintings from the time of the Emperor Charles IV has been preserved. This series of paintings, although seriously damaged, is remarkable for its extent and high artistic quality, and also for the complexity of its iconography. This book is primarily devoted to an analysis of the content of the Emmaus cycle. Thanks to the recent discovery of a mediaeval description of the Emmaus paintings, it is now possible to reconstruct the original scope of the cycle and to understand the ideas it presented. We now know that originally the paintings were not only in the cloister, but also in the adjoining chapel, and indeed that it was there that the most important scenes were to be found. The cycle was inspired by mediaeval writings which introduced their readers to the history of salvation with the help of texts and illustrations. The basic principle was what was known as the typological method of biblical exegesis, in which prefigurations from the Old Testament were attached to events from the New Testament. The paintings in the cloister had a special purpose, which was evidently closely connected with the special position of this Slavonic monastery in the layout of the New Town district of Prague. They were clearly also connected with the feast of the Holy Lance and the Nails of Our Lord, which was regularly accompanied by a spectacular display of holy relics held in the nearby New Town market place. Thus the Emmaus paintings, in addition to being a unique example of the painter’s art in Bohemia in the second half of the 14th century, also enable us to gain an insight into the cultural and spiritual atmosphere in Prague during the reign of Charles IV.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 389 p., 305 black-and-white illustrations and 33 p. colour illustrated inset, hardback, Prague 2012
ISBN 978-80-86890-36-4

Attached file: Emauzský cyklus_obsah / content (PDF)

Buquoyská krajina / The Buquoy Landscape

Zaniklé i dochované stavby v Nových Hradech a okolí / Ruined and Surviving Buildings in and around Nové Hrady

Martin Krummholz – Jan Ivanega – Petra Trnková

This publication accompanies the opening of Buquoy Landscape Discovery Trail, in the first year of the Rescuing Memory: the Restoration of Buquoy Property and its Place in Czech Cultural Identity project implemented by the Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. It gives an overview of the results of research into the landscaping and building undertaken by the family of the Counts of Buquoy in the surroundings of their Nové Hrady (Gratzen) estate, and places their efforts in the broader contexts of time and place, of the period and Europe. The aim of the project is to draw attention to the half-forgotten past and history of certain interesting and valuable buildings, many of which now lie in ruins or have even ceased to exist, to commemorate their creators and original inhabitants, and to introduce them to the present-day inhabitants of Nové Hrady, as well as to Czech visitors and those from beyond Czech borders.

First edition, Czech / English, 61 p., 111 colour and black-and-white illuastrations, Prague 2012
ISBN 978-80-86890-40-1


Hans von Aachen in Context

Proceedings of the International Conference, Prague 22–25 September 2010

Lubomír Konečný – Štěpán Vácha – Beket Bukovinská (eds.)

The publication “Hans von Aachen in Context” consists of papers presented at an international conference organised by the Centre for Research into the Art and Culture of the Age of Rudolf II which took place at the Institute for Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, on 22-25 September 2010, to accompany the exhibition "Hans von Aachen (1552-1615): Court Artist in Europe". A total of thirty contributions by researchers from seven European countries, the USA, and Canada, examine from a variety of viewpoints the question of the links between Hans von Aachen and the Italian milieu, and his significance as a leading figure on the Central European painting scene around the year 1600. The authors of individual papers also deal with the influence of von Aachen’s work on his contemporaries and successors, and the importance of the commercial aspect of the artistic trade, including various issues relating to the network of patrons, artists’ agents, and artists in Central Europe, of which von Aachen was a part. In a separate section, “Dissertations in Progress”, young researchers from European and Canadian universities have had the opportunity to present their projects. At the end of the book there is a complete bibliography of Eliška Fučíková, a leading researcher in the field of Central European Renaissance and Mannerist painting and drawing, to whom the volume is dedicated.
The book has been published with the support of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Czech-German Future Fund.

First edition, English, German, 280 p., 194 colour and black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2012
ISBN 978-80-86890-42-5


Epigraphica et Sepulcralia 3

Sborník příspěvků... [Proceedings from consultations on issues related to sepulchral monuments, held by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in the years 2008–2010]

Jiří Roháček (ed.)

Periodical international conferences on issues relating to sepulchral monuments have been held by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, since the year 2000. Their main aim is to facilitate contact between interested representatives of all disciplines and fields of study that are related to the subject (art history, general history, auxiliary historical disciplines, archaeology, monument conservation, museology, restoration practice, petrography, etc.) in order to promote greater interdisciplinarity and coordination of previously unconnected research. The common denominator is a factual or methodical connection to Central European material and a primary factual or contextual focus on material sepulchral monuments in the restricted interpretation of the term.
The publication includes a total of 33 papers presented at the 7th, 8th and 9th consultations. All the contributions are accompanied by a summary in German (or a Czech summary for those in foreign languages), and extensive illustrations.

First edition, Czech, German, Slovak, summary in German, 575 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2011
ISBN 978-80-86890-35-7


Italští sochaři v českých zemích v období renesance [Italian sculptors in the Czech lands in the Renaissance period]

Jan Chlíbec

This book is the first publication to provide a comprehensive and detailed survey of the sculptures produced by Italian masters in Bohemia and Moravia during the period from the end of the 15th century to the 1630s. An introductory section consists of several chapters that examine the reasons for the slow penetration of Renaissance tendencies into the Czech lands at that time and the literary preconditions for the acceptance of Renaissance in the fine arts. The text describes the influx of Italian artists and stonemasons, mostly coming from the Italian-Swiss border region, and the growth of their artistic and social prestige through the commissions they received from the monarch’s court, the aristocracy, and burghers. Attention is also devoted to travel journals as an authentic testimony to the encounter between Bohemian intellectuals and the Renaissance world. The introductory section likewise describes the sculpture workshops of the Italian masters and the spheres of their activity. The second, more extensive section of the book contains detailed catalogue entries on the works of Italian sculptors and stonemasons.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 336 p., 197 colour and black-and-white illustrations, hardback, Prague 2011
ISBN 978-80-86890-32-6


Alchymie a Rudolf II. [Alchemy and Rudolf II.]

Hledání tajemství přírody ve střední Evropě v 16. a 17. století [Searching for the secrets of nature in Central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries]

Ivo Purš – Vladimír Karpenko (eds.)

It is difficult to think of a theme in Bohemian and Central European history in the early modern age that is so popular and at the same time still today so little understood as that of the alchemy that is associated with the reign of the Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612). The blame for this can by no means be laid solely at the door of the well-known film from the early 1950s, for it only took over the oversimplified picture of "Rudolfine alchemy" as it was developed in Czech and German historiography in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. This picture mixed legends with facts that could be historically documented, and which were consequently frequently interpreted incorrectly. It was not until the 1970s that the situation started to change, when a renewed interest in Mannerism and Rudolfine art led historians to examine other areas of Rudolfine culture, and therefore alchemy, too, which was a significant part of that culture. This interest was naturally accompanied by historians looking at alchemy itself in a different way, no longer seeing it simply as a predecessor of modern chemistry – and thus as a subject reserved for the specialised history of science – and starting to study it as a complex and significant cultural-historical and social phenomenon connected with other disciplines, technologies, and areas of the life of society, including not only medicine, mining and metallurgy, but also religion, visual art, and the representation of the nobility.
This publication deals both with activities that were directly supported by the Emperor Rudolf II, and also those that developed in the broader social circle connected with the imperial court. This extended beyond the Czech lands to take in Austria and many parts of the Holy Roman Empire. The theme under consideration is primarily delimited by the period of the reign of Rudolf II, from 1576 to 1612, but for a proper understanding of the context it is also essential to refer to the development of alchemical research in Central Europe roughly from the beginning of the 16th century, and it is likewise important to follow its repercussions in the 17th century.

First edition, Czech, 840 p., 574 colour and black-and-white illustrations, hardback, Prague 2011
ISBN 978-80-86890-33-3


Sepulkrální skulptura jagellonského období v Čechách [Sepulchral sculpture in Bohemia in the Jagiellon period]

Figura a písmo [Figure and lettering]

Jan Chlíbec – Jiří Roháček

This first publication to map out sepulchral sculpture during the period of the rule of the Jagiellon dynasty, which is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent periods in Czech art history, contributes towards an overall view of the artistic culture of this era through a survey of a specific field of sculpture from the art-historical and epigraphic viewpoint. Working from the example of the relatively small and exclusive group of artefacts, it examines the extent to which the significance of that age is projected into the inscriptions that have been preserved. The relevance and interest of this question is further accentuated by the fact that the second half of the 15th century and the first half of the 16th is, from the point of view of Central European, and naturally Czech, epigraphy, a period that represents in many respects a turning point.
Although the collection of works that are studied has been preserved only in fragmentary state, the individual artefacts testify to the social status of the people who commissioned them, their religious convictions, cultural level, and artistic sensitivity, and also to the linguistic usage of the historical period under review. The text, which includes art-historical and epigraphic studies and a detailed catalogue of artefacts, also covers sepulchral sculptures that were created outside the historical framework of the Jagiellon dynasty (1471–1526). One reason for this is the continuity of production of some conservative sculptural workshops and the types of funeral monuments manufactured there, which extended beyond the delimiting dates of the period. The trends that would be followed in the succeeding era are indicated by the tomb of Vojtěch of Pernštejn, combining the traditional artistic approach with an Italian-style portrait of more refined form. Each of the 25 catalogue entries is accompanied by four illustrations.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 310 p., 102 black-and-white illustrations, index of names and subjects, Prague 2010
ISBN 978-80-86890-34-0


Zdeněk Wirth pohledem dnešní doby [Zdeněk Wirth seen through today's eyes]

Jiří Roháček – Kristina Uhlíková (eds.)

The name of Zdeněk Wirth is linked with an entire epoch of Czech art history and monument conservation. This applies not only to academic and research aspects, but also to organisation, including the establishment of a system of monument conservation at the central level. He was undoubtedly a controversial figure in many respects, and views on the impact he had as chairman of the post-war National Cultural Commission, for example, vary considerably. This publication was prepared following an international meeting of researchers in 2008.
The Czech and international authors of the texts in this collection include researchers from the fields of art history (Alena Janatková, Pavel Šopák), monument conservation (Cathleen M. Giustino, Jana Synková, Petr Štoncner, Jiří Křížek, Kristina Uhlíková), and regional cultural history (Hana Kábová), and also experts on specific areas of art history – such as Baroque architecture (Jiří T. Kotalík), garden architecture (Sylva Dobalová, Ivan P. Muchka), modern architecture (Rostislav Švácha, Vendula Hnídková) or industrial architecture (Vladislava Valchářová). The contributions are arranged according to theme, so that after the overview provided in the introductory essay readers can acquaint themselves with the main areas of Wirth's activity from the first decade of the 20th century, when he published his study on Baroque Gothic, through to the early 1950s, when as chairman of the National Cultural Commission he prepared the installation of furnishings in the chateau in Ratiboř. To conclude with, we have included an article on the extensive collection of materials left by Wirth on his death, which today is administered by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 304 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2010
ISBN 978-80-86890-32-6

Series: Fontes historiae atrium XIV

Soupis památek historických a uměleckých v politickém okresu Ledečském Edice nedokončeného rukopisu [Inventory of the historical and artistic heritage of the administrative district of Ledeč. Edited version of an unfinished manuscript]

Josef Soukup, Jan Valchář

Jan Sommer – Kristina Uhlíková (eds.)

Following the edited version of the Inventory of the Pardubice District, this is the second volume to be published by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, based on previously unpublished texts originally intended for the inventory project of the Archaeological Commission of the Czech Academy of Science and Art. The manuscript was compiled in the last few years before the outbreak of the First World War, and its authors were the grammar school teacher Josef Soukup (the art history passages and the plans of the buildings) and the regional history expert Jan Valchář, the head teacher of one of the village schools in the district (the historical introductions). The first part of the introductory essay by the editors is devoted to the history of how the volume came about and short biographical sketches of the two authors, while the second part includes an analysis of the form and text of the manuscript and the characteristics of the pictorial documentation.

First edition, Czech, 240 p., black-and-white illustrations, index of names and places, Prague 2010
ISBN 978-80-86890-28-9


Oudadate Pix

Revealing a photographic archive

Jiří Roháček, Martin Krummholz, Petra Trnková, Hege Oulie, Jens Gold, Tereza Cermanová, Hanne Holm-Johnsen

Petra Trnková (ed.)

In recent years, interest in national photographic heritage, both institutional and public, has been a burgeoning phenomenon, and with it an awareness that much remains to be discovered. With surprising frequency, valuable and often long-neglected compilations of photographs come to light, much of their contents in unfortunate states of deterioration. One such collection, consisting largely of tens of thousands of photographs taken between the 1850s and the 1950s was recently revealed in the possession of the Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague. Working on the first 22,000 of them, the authors acquired a broad and international base of hands-on experience, something they share here in the hope of contributing to ongoing discussions of attitudes to our photographic legacy. Addressing the history of photography, collection management, digitization, cataloguing, and photograph conservation, this publication is invaluable to all who are concerned with the care of photographic material, whether it is employed as a practical manual, a reference, or simply a catalyst for inspiration and debate.

First edition, English, 263 p., colour and black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2010
ISBN 978-80-86890-31-9

Attached file: Oudadate pix_obsah / content (PDF)

Lovesick Exoticism

The Collection of Non-European Ethnic Art of Adolf Hoffmeister

Tomáš Winter

Adolf Hoffmeister (1902–1973) became one of the most remarkable Czech artists of the twentieth century thanks to his prolific activities. The publication includes, for the first time ever, a comprehensive list of all the objects from Hoffmeister’s collection of non-European ethnic art, bringing together indigenous objects from the two American continents, as well as from Africa, Oceania and Indonesia. The book contextualises the collection with regard to period art collecting in the Czech Lands and the onset of Modernism.

First edition, English, 168 p., colour and black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2010
ISBN 978-80-86890-30-2

Attached file: Lovesick Exoticism_content / obsah (PDF)

Zahrady Rudolfa II. Jejich vznik a vývoj [The Gardens of Rudolf II. Their Origins and Evolution]

Sylva Dobalová

The art lover Emperor Rudolf II also devoted considerable attention to his gardens, most of which had been laid out by his predecessors; so far, however, little has been known about them. The history of the gardens of Prague Castle (with the Royal Garden in pride of place), the Hvězda Game Preserve, the Imperial Mill, and the gardens of the castle in Brandýs nad Labem, is presented in the book in such a way as to provide the most concrete impression of what they originally looked like. The story of how their various buildings and features came into being – such as orangeries, ball game halls, menageries, secret passages, geometrical flower-beds and fountains – reveals a great deal about how people viewed gardens and life in them at that time, but also includes the everyday problems of the court architects and gardeners. Help in presenting a graphic overview of 16th-century horticulture is provided by many references to gardens elsewhere in Europe, especially in Italy, the extensive illustrations for the book, and also a summary of Renaissance theoretical views, which differed considerably from those of the Baroque.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 349 p., 263 colour and black-and-white illustrations, colour illustrated inset (plan of the Royal Garden), Prague 2009
ISBN 978-80-86890-25-8


Der Herrscher auf dem Sakralbild zur Zeit der Gegenreformation und des Barock [The Monarch in the Sacred Image of the Counter-Reformation and Baroque Era]

Eine ikonologische Untersuchung zur herrscherlichen Repräsentation Kaiser Ferdinands II. in Böhmen [An Iconological Study to the Sovereign Representation of the Emperor Ferdinand II in Bohemia]

Štěpán Vácha

Displaying of the sovereign in the post-Tridentine sacred image constitutes a peculiar hitherto unexplored phenomenon of early modern art. The author of presented book puts it into relation with the contemporaneous, extremely intensified sovereign’s activity in the field of church patronage and with his need to be adequately represented in the liturgical space. The main focus – with regard to the Bohemian environment and the issue of Pietas austriaca – is paid to the representation of the emperor Ferdinand II, whose youth spiritual formation, personal piety and religious politics are strongly reflected in its iconography and public image. It is particularly evident in two works – the wall painting in St. Vitus Cathedral (1631) and the main altar painting in the Church of Our Lady of Victory in the Lesser Town (1641) in Prague. Their iconography is thoroughly discussed and the circumstances of their genesis are portrayed against the backdrop of contemporary construction history of both temples. The final interpretation is based on detailed research on important religious festivity of baroque Prague, the thanks giving procession which took place in the 17th and 18th centuries in memory of Ferdinand II’s victory over Bohemian estates in the battle of White Mountain on 8 November 1620. The book also contains unpublished sources that are related not only to the subject, but also bring new knowledge to the general religious history of Bohemia.

First editon, German, 327 p., black-and-white illustrations and 31 p. colour illustrated inset, Prague 2009
ISBN 978-80-86890-23-4


Epigraphica et Sepulcralia 2

Sborník příspěvků ze zasedání k problematice sepulkrálních památek, pořádaných Ústavem dějin umění AV ČR, v. v. i., v letech 2006–2007 [Minutes of meetings held on the topic of sepultures organized in 2006-2007 by the Institute of Art History ASCR]

Jiří Roháček (ed.)

Contributions on the early Middle Ages until the 20th century by Czech, Slovak, German, Austrian, Polish and Hungarian authors from the 5th and 6th international forums. Since 2000, forums have been held regularly to bring experts from a variety of fields together to discuss sepucral monuments with an emphasis on artifacts of sepulchral culture aspect as well as the practical and methodological relationship to Central Europe (especially Czech) issues. The publication includes contributions by renowned history, heraldry, epigraphy and geology experts as well as the input of young researchers.

First editon, Czech, German, English, summary in German, 448 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2009
ISBN 978-80-86890-19-7


München – Prag um 1600

Studia Rudolphina – Sonderheft

Beket Bukovinská – Lubomír Konečný (eds.)

A publication by the Center for Research Arts and Culture from the time of Rudolf II with a focus on the issue of the relations between Duke of Munich and the Prague Imperial Court around the year 1600. The text includes new insight into a number of specific art issues around 1600. Authors include Lubomír Konečný (ÚDU), Thea Vignau-Wilberg (Munich), Dorothy Limouze (St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.), Günter Irmscher (Kolín n. R.) and Evelyn Reitz (Berlin). Dorothea Diemer (Munich) focuses on sculpture comparisons, Ivan P. Muchka (ÚDU) on architecture, Peter Diemer (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich) and Beket Bukovinská (ÚDU) focus on kunstkammer. Jürgen Zimmer (Berlin) contributes in depth on socio-cultural comparative studies. The summary was written by American art historian, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (Princeton University). The “Munich-Prague around 1600” conference, held March 22 and 23 2007 was the first in a series of smaller international conferences organized by the Research Center for Arts and Culture and Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich.

First edition, German, English, 192 p., colour and black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2009
ISBN 978-80-86890-22-7


Savonarola a Florencie [Savonarola and Florence]

Jeho působení a estetické názory [His influence and aesthetic opinions]

Jan Chlíbec – Tomáš Černušák

The monography of Savonarola consists of three parts. The first part (J. Chlíbec) is devoted to the cultural atmosphere of Florence of the second half of the 15th century. The second part (T. Černušák) is concentrated on Savonarola´s life on the historical background of Florence and on the development of his theological and political opinions. The third part (J. Chlíbec) is devoted in detail to Savonarola´s aesthetic opinions. This part is concentrated on his conception of the fine arts in general sense, on his iconoclastic actions, on his opinions on the tomb sculpture, on the style of Savonarola´s sermons, on the mutual relation of Savonarola and Czech Reformation to the function of the work of art (parallels with Hus) and on the analysis of the reasons of his popularity in Utraquist Bohemia in question of art. The text also pays attention to the influence of his ideas on the Italian art of that time (F. Lippi, Fra Bartolomeo, Botticelli, etc.).

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 184 p., 8 colour and 34 black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2008
ISBN 978-80-86890-17-3


Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe / Barocke Deckenmalerei in Mitteleuropa

Proceedings of the International Conference

Martin Mádl – Michaela Šeferisová Loudová – Zora Wörgötter (eds.)

A compilation of twenty contributions presented at the international Central European Baroque Wall Painting Conference, held in Brno and Prague 27 September until 1 October, 2005 and organized by the Institute of Art History ASCR, the Art history department of Masaryk University and the Moravian Gallery in Brno. The contributions are organized by sections such as artistic patronage, cultural background, the sphere?(co to je v originálu?) of painter Franz Anton Maulbertsch, monastic library paintings, research strategies on Baroque wall paintings, and architectural paintings. The authors include renowned Baroque art experts such as Prof. Frank Büttner, Prof. Monika Dachs-Nickel, Dr. Anna Jávor, Dr. Markus Hundemer, Dr. Herbert Karner, Prof. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Prof. Lubomír Konečný, Prof. Gregor M. Lechner, Doc. Barbara Murovec as well as others.

First edition, German, English, 328 p., black-and-white illustrations, 88 p. colour illustrated inset, Prague 2007
ISBN 80-86890-14-7


Žena ve člunu [Lady in the rowboat]

Sborník Hany J. Hlaváčkové [Anthology for Hana J. Hlaváčková]

Kateřina Horníčková – Michal Šroněk (eds.)

Published in honor of renowned Czech midievil scholar Hana J. Hlaváčková, the anthology is a collection of contributions from colleagues, pupils and published peers. The contributions are devoted primarily to medieval painting, sculpture, architecture, and iconography, literary culture and cultural history. It draws a connection between varying forms of the relationship between images and text as well as a tribute to the colleague and teacher renowned for taking students on whitewater trips to advance their knowledge of art.

First edition, Czech, English, German, summary in English, German and Italian, 424 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2007
ISBN 80-86890-12-0


Public Communication in European Reformation

Artistic and other Media in Central Europe 1380–1620

Milena Bartlová – Michal Šroněk (eds.)

An interdisciplinary anthology with a focus on communication methods and confessional representation during the Central European Reformation spanning the 14th to 17th centuries. Art, literature, public productions, liturgies, music, and festivities are analyzed according to structure, evolution and public response. Published contributions from twenty-four authors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Ireland, the United States and Canada were presented at an international conference titled “Mediums and Means of Public Communication during the European Reformation: Imagery, Art, Music, Theatre, Rhetoric,” which was organized by the Czech Academy of Art History and the Art History Seminar of Masaryk University in Brno.

First edition, English, 376 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2007
ISBN 80-86890-15-5

Series: Opera minora historiae artium 3

Vnitřek lesa, lesní charaktery. Julius Mařák a umění krajinomalby [Inside the forest, forest characters. Julius Mařák and artistic landscapes]

Alexander Matoušek

The study follows the artist's work in connection with several characteristic themes in the contemporary spiritual climate. One is a symbolic assessment of the deep forest of intimacy and dreaming, another new deepening of the relationship to nature, or in short, turning to the soul of the countryside. Mood is another theme and is just as appealingly attractive for theoretical assessments as it is to artistic experience. Two chapters are dedicated to composition and the semantics of illustrated space. The next to last chapter analyzes the concept of masterpiece and the last final chapter the path to achieving one.
The characteristic tendences and traits of Mařák’s artistic work and his pedagogic endeavors are outlined.

First edition, Czech, 104 p., Prague 2007
ISBN 80-86890-11-2

Series: Fontes historiae artium XIII

Edice nedokončeného soupisu uměleckých památek politického okresu pardubicko-holicko-přeloučského [An edition of an unfinished catalogue of art monuments in the Pardubice-Holice-Přelouč district]

Václav Karel Vendl

Jana Marešová (ed.)

An edition of an unpublished list of monuments in the former Pardubice district, following many lists issued by the Archaeological Commission of the Academy of Sciences in 1898-1937. The edition was preceded by a study dealing in several chapters with the development of topography in the Czech Lands from the very beginning to the publication of art-historical lists. It also maps the establishment and activity of the Archaeological Commission and, above all, the genesis of this list with additional data on the author and the origins of the pictures.

First edition, Czech, 238 p., black-and-white illustrations, index of names and places, Prague 2007
ISBN 80-86890-10-4

Series: Opera minora historiae atrium 2

Detracta larva juris naturae

Studien zu einer Skizze Wenzel Lorenz Reiners und zur Dekoration der Klosterbibliothek in Břevnov

Martin Mádl, Anke Schlecht, Marcela Vondráčková

The book contains three studies dedicated to the sketches of Václav Vavřinc Reiner (from the National Gallery collection in Prague) and decorations in the Benedictine monastery in Břevnov. Anke Schlecht focuses on the formal analysis of paintings and commentary on individual iconographic motifs and particularly on the destruction of banned fine art books in the early modern period. Martin Mádl attemps to sketch the ceiling frescos proposed for the monastic library hall along with the unrealized Břevnov monastic library decorations. His work also hones in on the conflict between traditional Catholics and the new Enlightenment concept of natural law as well as its role in art. The contents of the sketches are then explained with regard to religious and historical Benedictine sentiments as well as the relationship to education. Marcela Vondráčková then expounds upon preserved decoration in the Břevnov library, in which the allegorical paintings of Felix Anton Scheffler can be seen.

First edition, German, 176 p., 86 colour and black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2006
ISBN 80-86890-09-0


Pictura verba cupit

Sborník příspěvků pro Lubomíra Konečného [Essays for Lubomír Konečný]

Beket Bukovinská – Lubomír Slavíček (eds.)

Collective volume of entries for Lubomír Konečný Pictura verba cupit contains thematically and methodologically diverse studies, entries and reflections within broad time and subject range from antique period through medieval times and early modern period till recent days. First part includes mainly texts dealing with emblematics. The second and most extensive part deals with iconographic issues. Two shorter closing sections gather new findings in the field of art in the time of Rudolf II and new impulses to theory and methodology of art history. The collection of papers is supplied by a complete biography of Lubomír Konečný. Forty-eight contributors include not only outstanding Czech scholars, but also ten foreign experts, such as J. F. Moffitt, J. Spicer, I. M. Veldman, S. Michalski, J. Müller, and T. DaCosta Kaufmann. For this reason, the book contains Czech as well as English and German texts, all with an abstract in either Czech or English.

First edition, Czech, English, German, summary in Czech and English, black-and-white illustrations, 509 p., Prague 2006
ISBN 80-86890-05-8


Local Strategies – International Ambitions

Modern Art and Central Europe 1918–1968

Vojtěch Lahoda (ed.)

Proceedings from the International Conference of the Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague and New York University in Prague from 2003. Contributors: Timothy O. Benson, Anna Brzyski, Linara Dovydaityte, Eva Forgács, Irina Genova, Tomasz Gryglewicz, Jeremy Howard, Giedre Jankevičiute, Eduards Klavinš, Ljiljana Kolešnik, Vojtěch Lahoda, Esther Levinger, Christina Lodder, Marian Mazzone, Myroslava M. Mudrak, Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, Martina Pachmanová, Damjan Prelovšek, Ivanka Reberski, Nicholas Sawicki, Deborah Schultz, Andrzej Szczerski, Darko Šimičić, Maria Elena Versari, Annika Waenerberg, Anna Wierzbicka, Mathew S. Witkowsky, Isabel Wünsche, András Zwickl.

First edition, English, 243 s., black-and-white illustrations, Prague, 2006
ISBN 80-86890-08-2


Imitatio Romae. Karel IV. a Řím [Imitatio Romae. Charles IV and Rome]

Kateřina Kubínová

The book deals with the echo of roman coronation of Charles IV in the contemporary bohemian culture. Authoress analyses the phenomenon of medieval Rome and the contacts between medieval Bohemia and Rome. Especially pursues the various „roman“ motives and the attempts of imitation of Rome in bohemian culture after 1355.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, 441 p., 57 black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2006
ISBN 80-86890-07-4


Epigraphica et Sepulcralia 1

Sborník příspěvků... [An Antology of lectures from the conference on the issue of sepulchral monuments, organised by the Institute of Art History ASCR]

Dalibor Prix – Jiří Roháček (eds.)

A comprehensive collection of selected lectures from the first four regular one-day conferences on the issue of sepulchral monuments, organised by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The collection opens a new thematic range of the Artefactum publishing house, which seeks to provide, on an intermittent basis, room for monographic publication of more extensive studies and of collections of shorter studies on the issues of art history and epigraphy, and of sepulchral monuments, closely linked to each other in practice.

First edition, Czech, German, summary in Czech and German, 287 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2005
ISBN 80-86890-03-1

Series: Fontes historiae atrium XII

„Kunstverein“ / oder „Künstlerverein“? [Art Union or Artist’s Union?]

Hnutí umělců v Praze let 1830–1856 [The artists movement in Prague from 1830-1856]

Zdeněk Hojda – Roman Prahl (eds.)

Associations to promote art and artists associations are among the key institutions of art in the 19th century and the development of their relations or even quarrels between them are an important part of the emancipation of modern art. The Prague "Union of Modern Artists" (1848-1856) is, in that respect, an integral Central European phenomenon, which provides insight into the context of developments in neighboring countries and capitals of art.
The publication reconstructs the history and 'prehistory' of the association based on printed documents and primarily on handwritten documents. The critical edition includes previously unreleased sources and an annotated list of those already published – for example those relating to Josef Mánes.

First edition, Czech / German, 253 p., 10 p. black- and-white illustrated inset, index of names, Prague 2004
ISBN 80-86890-00-7


Zajatec kubismu [Captive of cubism]

Dílo Emila Filly v zrcadle výtvarné kritiky (1907–1953)
[Work of Emil Filla in the mirror of art criticism (1907-1953)]

Tomáš Winter (ed.)

This publication provides a representative selection of critiques and reviews of Emil Filla’s exhibitions, which were published in Czech and Moravian periodicals during his lifetime. The first section focuses on the reviews of Filla’s solo exhibitions, the second on criticism of the artist's work in collective shows. The third chapter is comprised of articles on Filla. It includes an introduction by Vojtěch Lahoda, lists of works compiled from individual exhibition catalogs and an essay on Emil Filla’s relationship to art criticism.

First edition, Czech, summary in English, German and French, 40 and 338 p., 64 p. black-and-white illustrated inset, selective bibliography, index of names and periodicals, Prague 2004
ISBN 80-903230-9-X

Attached file: Zajatec kubismu_obsah / content (PDF)
Series: Fontes historiae atrium XI

Národní kulturní komise 1947–1951 [National Cultural Committee, 1947–1951]

Kristina Uhlíková (ed.)

The book deals with the fate of monuments seized by the state in 1945–1951 on the basis of presidential decrees and land reform laws. It focuses on the activity of the National Cultural Committee, an organisation whose key goal was to take over and manage these nationalised monuments, and which was managed by important art historian Zdeněk Wirth in 1947-1951.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 266 p., black-and-white illustrated inset, indexes, Prague 2004
ISBN 80-903230-8-1


Ars Longa

Sborník k nedožitým sedmdesátinám Josefa Krásy [Volume of Essays on the Seventieth Birthday of the Late Josef Krása]

Beket Bukovinká – Lubomír Konečný (eds.)

The volume brings together twenty-two papers devoted to the memory of the important Czech art historian who died in 1985 and thus would have been seventy years old in August 2003. Although articles on medieval art prevail, the volume also contains studies dealing with the sixteenth-century art, Caravaggio, art collecting and sculpture ca. 1800, Max Švabinský, Pablo Picasso, Emil Filla, Jan Koblasa, and the spiral as a motif in twentieth-century art.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 299 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2003
ISBN 80-903230-6-5

Attached file: Ars Longa_obsah / content (PDF)
Series: Edice Fontes historiae atrium X

Nápisy okresu Kutná Hora [Collection of Epigraphs in the region of Kutná Hora]

Corpus inscriptionum Bohemiae II

Petra Načeradská (ed.)

This overview of the epigraphic collection in the region of Kutná Hora includes an alphabetized history of the region, evaluation of epigraphic monuments in the Kutná Hora region with a focus on sepulchral monuments and bells, as well as sources and literature on the Kutná Hora region Epigraphic Fund. Incluces a scientific catalog, 480 inscriptions, a supplement of 17 registries, an extensive German summary and 119 black and white reproductions.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 537 p., 102 black-and-white illustrations, indexes, Prague 2002
ISBN 80-902279-8-8


Objevování středověku [Discovering the Middle Ages]

Tři kapitoly k recepci gotického umění v Čechách v pozdním 18. a raném 19. století [Three chapters on the reception of Gothic art in Bohemia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries]

Pavla Machalíková

The book takes a look at correlating factors which determined how the romantic Gothic and Gothic Revival evolved in the Czech lands. It follows the impact and progress which, fused together with ancient art, would lead to how the creation of art is viewed in contemporary times. The first chapter is devoted to learning about medieval art in Bohemia and its evaluation in terms of art history development. The second chapter is focused on the issue of how Gothic architecture in the architectural work of the late 18th and early 19th centuries was received, as well the influence of specific Gothic monuments. The third chapter deals with the reception of ancient painting in contemporary art work, not only in terms of the implementation encompassing historicism, but chiefly in terms of historical inspiration in shaping the style of early 19th century Czech painting and Czech National Painting School style.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 232 p., 57 black-and-white and 15 colour illustrations, Prague 2005
ISBN 80-86890-04-X

Series: Edice Fontes historiae atrium IX

Der Hof Kaiser Rudolfs II. Eine Edition der Hofstaatsverzeichnisse 1576–1612. [The Court of the Emperor Rudolf II.]

Jaroslava Hausenblasová (ed.)

The critical edition is introduced by an essay about a personality of the imperor Rudolf II, on the origins, development and structure of the Rudolfine court. The essay also discusses literature and sources related to the topic and includes tables, figures, and indeces of names and offices.

First edition, German, 574 p., indexes, Prague 2002
ISBN 80-902279-7-X


Pro Arte

Sborník k poctě Ivo Hlobila [A Festschrift to Honour Ivo Hlobil]

Dalibor Prix (ed.)

The festschrift presents a profile of the current condition of art-historical scholarship linked to the activity of prof. Ivo Hlobil. It contains 48 studies by 49 authors from Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia, dealing with the issue of art history from early Middle Ages to the present day.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 432 p., black-and-white illustrations, Prague 2002
ISBN 80-903230-1-4

Attached file: Pro Arte_obsah / content (PDF)
Series: Edice Fontes historiae artium VII

Josef Myslivec: Catalogue of Icons

Catalogue of Icons from the Collection of the formel N. P. Kondakov Institute in Prague

Hana J. Hlaváčková (ed.)

From the collection of former Kondakov Institute in Prague, the Myslivec catalogue of icons is a fundamental to Byzantine iconography studies. The detailed analysis on icons includes quotes from unknown sources on the interpretation of the 14th to 19th century. The full text has been translated to English.

First edition, English, 132 p., 84 black-and-white illustrated inset, Prague 1999
ISBN 80-902279-6-1

Series: Edice Fontes historiae artium VIII

Jednota pro dostavění Chrámu sv. Víta na Hradě pražském I., 1842–1871 [Association for the completion of Saint Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle I., 1842-1871]

Marie Kostílková — Taťána Petrasová (eds.)

The primary sources for building and art history of one of the most significant neogothic reconstructions. The work encompasses artists‘ work focusing on differing styles, restoration of old trade techniques, issues surrounding conservation, adapting furniture, etc. The first volume covers a wide range of the works of Josef Ondřej Kranner — the first modern architect to work on the Cathedral.

First edition, Czech / German, 200 p., 12 p. black-and-white illustrated inset, indexes, Prague 1999
ISBN 80-902279-5-3


Rudolf II. Prague and the World

Papers from the International Conference, Prague, 2–4 September, 1997

Lubomír Konečný – Beket Bukovinská – Ivan Muchka (eds.)

Papers by 45 domestic and foreign writers shed new light on a number of aspects in art and intellectual life in Central Europe between the years 1550-1650.

First edition, English, German, 304 p., black-and-white illustrations, hardcover, Prague 1998
ISBN 80-902279-9-6

Series: Fontes historiae artium VI

Zpustošení Chrámu sv. Víta v roce 1619, Vincenc Kramář [Destruction of Saint Vitus Cathedral in 1619, Vincenc Kramář]

Michal Šroněk (ed.)

Previously unpublished work by V. Kramář writen during the 1940’s. The leading Czech art historian meticulously studied the field of iconoclasm in St. Vitus Cathedral in relation to historical and social backgrounds as well as stances of the Catholic, Lutheran and Calvinist churches to paintings and their worship.
The edition coincides with Lubomír Konečný and Michal Šroněk’s study in Czech and German.

First edition, Czech, summary in German, 162 p., 2 black-and-white graphic inset, indexes, Prague 1998
ISBN 80-902279-4-5

Series: Fontes historiae atrium V

Josef Mánes, Dopisy [Josef Mánes, Letters]

Jindřich Anger – Miroslav Anger (eds.)

A compilation of all known letters by Mánes including recently discovered and previously unpublished documents. It is comprised of correspondence thought to have been lost, letters existing only in copy form, and materials discovered in foreign archives. This collection fundamentally updates mistaken conclusions in earlier literature and serves as a solid starting point for research on Josef Mánes as well as 19th century Czech art.

First edition, Czech / German, 280 p., index of names, Prague 1998
ISBN 80-902279-3-7

Series: Fontes historiae artium I

Pražští malíři 1600–1656 [Prague painters from 1600 to 1656]

Masters, journeymen, apprentices in the Old Town painters' guild registry. Biographical Dictionary.

Michal Šroněk (ed.)

Masters, journeymen and apprentices in the Old Town painters' guild registry. This biographical dictionary is a summary of the current knowledge of the Old Town professional painters' guild members and is enriched by additional archival research materials.
It includes an introductory essay on the history and current painters guild of painters biographical key denoting instruments and a register of persons and locations.

First edition, Czech, German summary, 235 p., dual-colored graphic inset, index of names and places, Prague 1997
ISBN 80-902279-2-9

Series: Fontes historiae artium IV

Zápisná kniha pražských stavitelů 1639–1903 [Registry of Prague builders 1639-1903]

Ivana Ebelová (ed.)

An editorial treatment of a list of builders registered in the guild in Prague between 1639-1903. The volume includes a Czech and German introduction as well as Czech and German text and name registry.

First edition, Czech / German, 93 p., index of names, Prague 1996
ISBN 0-902279-1-0

Series: Fontes historiae artium III

Nápisy města Kutné Hory [Collection of Epigraphs in the town of Kutná Hora]

Kutná Hora, Kaňk, Malín a Sedlec including the former Cisterian monestary
Corpus inscriptionum Bohemiae I

Jiří Roháček (ed.)

The first project by Kutná Hora’s epigraph fund includes epigraphs from Kutná Hora, Kaňk, Malín a Sedlec including the former Cisterian monestary. The work contains a detailed introduction to the problems of epigrafic processing, analysis of the catalog of processed resources, a scientific catalog of 227 epigraphs, 17 records, an in-depth summary of the German summary and 66 black and white image attachments.

First edition, Czech, German summary, 297 p., 66 p. black-and-white illustrated inset, indexes, Prague 1996
ISBN 80-902279-0-2


Ze sbírek bývalého Kondakovova institutu [From the former Kondakovov Institute collections]

Icons, Coptic textiles
National Gallery exhibition catalog

Hana J. Hlaváčková (ed.)

The exhibition commemorated the 70th anniversary of the death of a head of Russian emigration in Prague, N.P. Kondakov. The institute, named after him, was one of the most important scientific institutions of Russian post-revolution exile. The catalog includes 81 illustrations (12 in color) as well as studies focused on the Institute and its archives, icons, Russian cast metal sculptures and a

First edition, Czech, English captions, 116 p., color and black-and-white illustrations, Prague 1995



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