Taťána Petrasová – Rostislav Švácha (eds.)
Our readers have not yet had the opportunity to explore the history of art in Bohemia and Moravia in one single volume. This gap has been filled by the richly illustrated collaborative work of the Institute of Art History at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, which follows the transformation of art in the Czech lands from the era of Great Moravia to the present. It explores painting, sculpture, architecture, book illustrations, arts and crafts, photography, and other forms of artistic creation; 800 selected works put into the historical context of their origin. The core of the book consists of “families”, groups of two, three, or four works of art that connect together the figure of the royal or aristocratic commissioner, the origin of the work in the environment of ancient monasteries, on the grounds of modern academies, or in the background of religious or political circles of the time, belonging to a distinct artistic movement, various renditions of one theme, and other interesting connections. The “families” present the most important artistic works associated with the Czech environment and the most prominent artistic personalities, from Theodoric of Prague and Petr Parléř, the cubists and the interwar avant-garde, up to contemporary artists, such as Veronika Bromová or Federico Díaz.
First edition, the book is published in Czech and English versions, 992 pages, colour illustrations, Prague 2017
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