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Fondy a sbírky oddělení dokumentace Ústavu dějin umění AV ČR, v. v. i.

Fondy a sbírky oddělení dokumentace Ústavu dějin umění AV ČR, v. v. i.

Funds and Collections of the Department of Documentation of the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a unique collection of sources for the history of art in the field of history, preservation, and cultural policy in the Czech lands from the last decades of the 19th century to the present. It contains (often unpublished) research results of several generations of Czech art historians. Extensive design, graphic, photographic, artistic and other collections represent an exceptionally rich historical iconography documenting not only architectural but also movable monuments and urban and landscape features of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. The publication provides basic information on these founds, and it is the first guideline for those interested in studying in the documentation department.

Proměny venkovské architektury s důrazem na vývoj v 19. a 20. století I.

Proměny venkovské architektury s důrazem na vývoj v 19. a 20. století I.

The publications Changes in rural architecture with an emphasis on development in the 19th and 20th centuries I is devoted to the development of rural construction in five administrative regions, which are mostly located in Moravia and Silesia. It focuses mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries as compared to the current situation. It offers the possibility of looking at the architecture of the Moravian and Silesian countryside from another, less common angle. The book also accompanies a travelling exhibition of the same name.

Cim 2. Pražský evangeliář Cim 2. Rukopis mezi zeměmi a staletími středověké Evropy

Cim 2. Pražský evangeliář Cim 2. Rukopis mezi zeměmi a staletími středověké Evropy

This book follows the fortunes of one of the most valuable manuscripts to be preserved in the Czech Republic. In the library of the Prague Metropolitan Chapter, under the shelf mark Cim 2, there is to be found a lavishly illuminated evangeliary, which was produced towards the end of the Carolingian era, roughly in the late 870s. Until now no monograph had been devoted to this manuscript, and, although it is well known, it had remained on the margins of interest in the specialist literature. This book attempts to fill this gap. It reconsiders previous views and attempts to find answers to questions that are of fundamental importance in relation to the codex. In particular, a fresh look is taken at the enigmatic question of the origin of the manuscript, on which a number of illuminators worked, coming from various schools: Franco-Saxon ornamentalists, figure painters who perhaps came from Rheims, and scribes from Corvey in Saxony. The remarkable iconography with scenes of the calling of the apostles at last also receives a comprehensive analysis.

Hortus inventariorum. Statě k problematice inventářů pro dějiny umění

Hortus inventariorum. Statě k problematice inventářů pro dějiny umění

This collective publication deals with selected themes relating to inventories – a traditional and widely-used source for art-historical research. It covers a time span ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The work is not only concerned with presenting and interpreting specific examples, but also attempts to place the phenomenon of inventories in a broader cultural, social, and political context. It aims to show how the genesis and idea of compiling inventories is linked to more general changes in the way society functions and how the increased interest in classifying and cataloguing in certain eras is related to the philosophical attitudes of the time or to changes in certain social connections. The work also tries to define the concept of inventories from the viewpoint of art history and archives and to present possible ways of using them for research. In addition, it also takes into consideration other sources of a similar type and their informative value.

Josef Sudek: Topografie sutin/ The Topography of Ruins

Josef Sudek: Topografie sutin/ The Topography of Ruins

In 1945, photographer Josef Sudek (1896–1976) set out into the streets of Prague to document the damage wreaked by the Second World War. The result was a set of nearly 400 images capturing the injured urban landscape – damaged buildings, a scrapyard containing dismantled sculptures, and firefighting or anti-air raid measures. The exhibition at Prague City Gallery’s House of Photography (22 May – 19 August 2018) and the accompanying traveling exhibition shown the same year in various cities throughout Europe thanks to cooperation with the Czech Centers are the first comprehensive presentation of this nearly unknown part of Sudek’s work. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue featuring five critical essays and a rich set of images. The texts – the first expert analyses of these photographs – place these works within the context of the historical events at the end of the war in Prague, and offer a comparison with images of Prague in 1945 shot by other photographers. In most photographs of historical events, the content tends to overshadow the quality of the images, but the exhibition and catalogue show that this common view does not apply to Josef Sudek – the depth and quality of his images reflect their authors’ sensitive, personal captivation by this difficult subject.

Dějiny umění v českých zemích 800–2000 / Art in the Czech Lands 800–2000

Dějiny umění v českých zemích 800–2000 / Art in the Czech Lands 800–2000

Naši čtenáři zatím neměli příležitost seznámit se s dějinami umění v Čechách a na Moravě v jednom knižním svazku. Tuto mezeru vyplňuje bohatě ilustrovaná týmová práce Ústavu dějin umění AV ČR v Praze, která sleduje proměny umělecké tvorby v českých zemích od Velké Moravy po současnost. Zabývá se malířstvím, sochařstvím, architekturou, knižní malbou, uměleckým řemeslem, fotografií i jinými druhy umělecké tvorby; osm stovek vybraných děl zasazuje do historických souvislostí jejich vzniku. Jádro knihy tvoří takzvané "rodinky", skupiny dvou, tří nebo čtyř uměleckých prací, které spojuje dohromady osobnost královského nebo šlechtického objednavatele, vznik díla v prostředí starých klášterů, na půdě moderních akademií nebo na pozadí dobových náboženských nebo politických proudů, příslušnost k vyhraněnému uměleckému směru, různá ztvárnění jednoho tématu i jiné zajímavé vazby. V "rodinkách" se čtenářům představí nejvýznamnější umělecké výkony spojené s českým územím i nejvýznamnější umělecké osobnosti, od mistra Theodorika a Petra Parléře přes tvůrce kubistické a meziválečné avantgardy po současné umělce Veroniku Bromovou nebo Federica Díaze. Kniha vychází v české a anglické mutaci. /Taťána Petrasová – Rostislav Švácha (eds.), Dějiny umění v českých zemích 800–2000 / Art in the Czech Lands 800–2000, Praha: Artefactum – Arbor vitae societas, 2017, 992 s./

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The Star

The Star

The Star [Hvězda] Renaissance summer palace is one of the symbols of Prague. The authors of the book tried to put the Star into the context of Habsburg “leisure” architecture, but also pan-European context. Among the specific features of the Star that are analysed in detail are the six-pointed star ground plan, the surprisingly monumental character of the building, its seemingly pointless fortress-like character, 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 had 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 its construction was played by the governor in Prague, Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria (1529–1595), who commissioned the building and was its “inventor”. The wealth of stucco decoration motifs is documented by more than seven hundred reproductions made specifically for this book. Texts: Ivan Prokop Muchka, Ivo Purš, Sylva Dobalová, Jaroslava Hausenblasová

Dresden – Prag um 1600

Dresden – Prag um 1600

This publication of the Research Centre for Art and Culture during the Age of Rudolph II follows up on the proceedings of München–Prag um 1600 from 2009 and is a continuation of the project geared to mapping the contacts between the imperial court of Rudolph II and the royal courts of central Europe. This time as well, the volume presents the results of the international conference held in Dresden and Prague from 17 to 20 March 2015 in cooperation with Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The first part of the volume shows the rich relationship between Prague and Dresden and the pan-European historical and cultural context around 1600 and the lesser known contacts between Augustus, the Elector of Saxony, and Wilhelm von Rosenberg. The individual, generally richly illustrated texts further map common interests relating to art, science, and culture and provide new knowledge of the transfer of artists between the two courts. The texts also document the exchange of scientific knowledge and emphasise the great importance of royal gifts.

Instant Presence: Representing Art in Photography

Instant Presence: Representing Art in Photography

Together with the digitisation of collections and the redefining of analogue archives, there has emerged a broad spectrum of new topics dealing with the fascinating subject matter of photography of art works. This results in unprecedented attention being paid to the various kinds of photographs housed in the photo libraries of art history institutions, the estates of art historians, artists and photographers, archives, museums or galleries, and reproduced in periodicals and publications on art history. Published in honor of Josef Sudek (1896–1976), a Czech photographer otherwise famous for his photographs of the misty window of his studio, the present book brings together experts on the photography of art works from leading European and American institutions as well as curators and art historians who specialise in Sudek and his work. The breadth of scope of this photographer, for whom making reproductions of fine art was a source of livelihood, helps to open a number of important questions which explore various problems related to the photographic representation of art. Editors: Hana Buddeus, Vojtěch Lahoda, Katarína Mašterová Texts: Hana Buddeus, Costanza Caraffa, Antonín Dufek, Sarah Hamill, Amy Hughes, Geraldine A. Johnson, Mariana Kubištová, Vojtěch Lahoda, Megan R. Luke, Katarína Mašterová, Jan Mlčoch, Hélène Pinet, Rolf Sachsse First edition, in English, 319 pp., colour illustrations, name index, Praha 2017 ISBN 978-80-86890-09-8

Ve stínu Karla Škréty: Pražští malíři v letech 1635-1680. Antonín Stevens, Jan Bedřich Hess, Matěj Zimprecht

Ve stínu Karla Škréty: Pražští malíři v letech 1635-1680. Antonín Stevens, Jan Bedřich Hess, Matěj Zimprecht

Kniha autorů Štěpána Váchy (ÚDU AV ČR) a Radky Heisslerové mapuje malířskou produkci v Praze a v Čechách ve druhé třetině 17. století, středem jejich zájmu jsou vedle Karla Škréty další malířské osobnosti, které se tvořivým způsobem podílely na utváření barokní výtvarné kultury. /Štěpán Vácha - Radka Heisslerová, Ve stínu Karla Škréty: Pražští malíři v letech 1635-1680. Antonín Stevens, Jan Bedřich Hess, Matěj Zimprecht, Praha: Academia, 2017, 664 s., ISBN 978-80-200-2801-3/

Soupis památek uměleckých a historických v politickém okresu Český Krumlov

Soupis památek uměleckých a historických v politickém okresu Český Krumlov

The Artefactum publishing house is publishing, as part of the Fontes historium artium series, the fifth volume of the Inventory of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage in the Kingdom of Bohemia. This volume is devoted to heritage sites in the town of Český Krumlov. It was originally prepared for publication, as the second volume of the Inventory of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of the Český Krumlov District, by the experienced pair of authors František Mareš and Jan Sedláček (Třeboňsko, 1910; Prachaticko, 1913). The critical edition of the manuscript itself is preceded by an introductory study devoted to the relatively long and complicated history of this volume. Its beginnings go back as far as 1898 and the manuscript ended up with Zdeněk Wirth in 1934. Thanks to his care, however, it was preserved in his estate, which passed into the hands of the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in 1961. In traditional manner, the introductory study is supplemented by brief profiles of the two original authors, a formal and textual analysis, notes on the editing of the manuscript, and a terminological glossary. This critical edition of the Inventory is accompanied by extensive contemporary pictorial documentation, which had been prepared especially for the Inventory by the architect Jan Sedláček and the leading South Bohemian photographic studios of Josef Seidel and Josef Wolf. Jana Marešová (ed.), František Mareš, and Jan Sedláček

Věda minulosti dnes

Věda minulosti dnes

The science of the past today. An essay on the publishing of earlier unpublished scholarly texts This article dedicated to the methodology for the publishing of earlier unpublished texts offers a variety of approaches to publication and arguments for their selection based on the experience of the authors of the texts from the publication projects Inventories of Historical and Artistic Monuments of the Interwar Archaeological Committee of the Academy of Sciences and the current project An Inventory of Cultural Monuments in the Liberec Region of the National Heritage Institute in Liberec, publication of files from the estate of the historians Zdeněk Kalista and Karel Kazbunda, and more general thoughts on the notion of publishing earlier unpublished scholarly texts today. Jiří Roháček – Kristina Uhlíková (eds.)

Karel IV. a Emauzy  Liturgie, text, obraz

Karel IV. a Emauzy Liturgie, text, obraz

This book summarises the newest findings on the foundation of the Emmaus Monastery Na Slovanech by Charles IV and the literary, especially Czech-language, production during the era of Charles IV. Slavists, musicologist, Bohemian scholars, literary scholars, and art historians, especially experts from the Czech Academy of Sciences, have contributed to the book with their texts. The texts are based on papers presented at a conference with the same title from June 2016.

Kostel sv. Hypolita ve Znojmě - Hradišti sv. Hypolita

Kostel sv. Hypolita ve Znojmě - Hradišti sv. Hypolita

This concise publication in the form of a pocket guide presents to the general public as well as professionals an overview of information on the structural development and artistic changes to the today predominantly Baroque complex of the Provost of the Knights of the Order of the Cross with a Red Star at Hradišti sv. Hypolita u Znojma. It also takes up the medieval past of the complex and briefly describes the neighbouring churches in Mašovice, Popice and Hodonice, associated with the exercise of patronage rights by the provost. An expert on southern Moravian Baroque art, Tomáš Valeš describes in a concise manner the history of the complex in a wider, social context with emphasis on the very valuable paintings by leading Baroque artists – Franz Anton Maulbertsch and Josef Winterhalder Junior. In conclusion, readers may even find references to important sources and literature that can be used for further study.

Zámek Troja

Zámek Troja

Nově vydávaná publikace věnovaná trojskému zámku popisuje stavební historii a okolnosti vzniku tohoto celoevropsky významného pražského barokního komplexu. Architektura, mimořádně kvalitní výzdoba i společenské vazby budovatele Troji, hraběte Václava Vojtěcha ze Šternberka, jsou zde poprvé vsazeny do širšího kontextu středoevropského umění závěru 17. století. Bohatě ilustrovaný a názornými schématy vybavený titul je zároveň koncipován jako praktický průvodce objektem, vycházející vstříc potřebám jak běžných, tak i odborněji zainteresovaných návštěvníků. Autorem textu je Martin Krummholz (ÚDU AV ČR). Kniha vychází rovněž v anglickojazyčné verzi. //Zámek Troja, vydala GHMP, Praha 2017, ISBN 978-80-7010-126-1 / Troja Chateau, vydala GHMP, Praha 2017, ISBN 978-80-7010-131-5//

Vlastislav Hofman (1884-1964). Pocta invenci

Vlastislav Hofman (1884-1964). Pocta invenci

Anglicko český katalog k výstavě věnované dílu Vlastislava Hofmana (1884-1964) vydala Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě ve spolupráci s Ústavem dějin umění AV ČR. Editorkou rozsáhlého katalogu, který přináší řadu nových zjištění, je Mahulena Nešlehová (ÚDU AV ČR), autorkou jedné z kapitol Markéta Svobodová (ÚDU AV ČR). Výstava architekta, designéra, malíře, grafika a mezinárodně uznávaného scénografa Vlastislava Hofmana (1884-1964), nazvaná Pocta invenci, představuje výběr z umělcova bohatého, oborově mnohostranného, osobitého díla. Zvláštní pozornost věnuje jeho kuboexpresivní, sakrálně pojaté stavbě krematoria v Moravské Ostravě, na níž se podílel s ing. Františkem Menclem. Prostřednictvím dochovaného materiálu předkládá příběh krematoria od prvotních návrhů (1919-1920), přes realizaci (1923-1925), po jeho zrušení a následnou demolici, k níž došlo za normalizace v roce 1979. Obsah katalogu viz v příloze. /Mahulena Nešlehová (ed.) et al., Vlastislav Hofman (1884-1964). Pocta invenci / Vlastislav Hofman (1884-1964). A Tribute to Invention, Ostrava: Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě, 2017, ISBN: 978-80-87405-42-0./

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Umělecké památky Prahy. Velká Praha, M–Ž

Umělecké památky Prahy. Velká Praha, M–Ž

Dvousvazková publikace "Umělecké památky Prahy. Velká Praha, M–Ž", připravená zaměstnanci Ústavu dějin umění AV ČR a externími spolupracovníky, představuje poslední díl ediční řady "Umělecké památky Prahy". Obsahuje abecedně řazené pražské čtvrti s počátečním písmenem M až Ž a je pokračováním předchozího svazku "Velká Praha, A–L". Aktuální publikace opět systematicky zpracovává jak menší, z hlediska historie umění dosud opomíjené městské části, tak velké čtvrti disponující obrovskými soubory uměleckých památek, jako jsou Smíchov, Vinohrady či Žižkov. Autoři jednotlivých hesel věnovali pozornost jak evidovaným, státem chráněným kulturním památkám, tak objektům, které stále ještě postrádají oficiální ochranu, přesto jsou však umělecky a historicky pozoruhodné. /Dalibor Prix (ed.) a kol., Umělecké památky Prahy. Velká Praha, M–Ž, Praha: Academia, 2017, ISBN: 978-80-200-2469-5./

Umění a tradice

Umění a tradice

Almost every new artistic direction that emerges defines itself in relation to tradition, to a period just winding to a close or one long in the past, and to the artistic methods of that period. In the original sense of the word, tradition refers to something that is passed on and received. It is a body of customs, conventions, and habits (even in art). It is closely tied up with the notion of a ‘canon’, the existence of certain norms, and with what is given and accepted in the sense of an agreed and tested set of rules. / Pavla Machalíková – Tomáš Winter (eds.), in Czech with English summary, 159 pp., colour illustrations, name index, Praha: Artefactum 2017, ISBN 78–80–86890–97-5

Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400–1700

Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400–1700

The essays gathered in this collection were presented as papers at the colloquium "Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400–1700", which took place on 5–7 June 2014 in Prague. It was organized by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Art History of the Masaryk University in Brno with financial and organizational support of Palatium ESF programme (www.courtresidences.eu). The aim of this conference was to draw attention to small buildings, used in the time of leisure – mostly called palazotto, casino or Lusthaus – which were parts of European residential complexes. Essays examine questions of terminology and theory, which mirrors a variety of needs and occasions, which palazotto fulfills, as a complexity of its architectural semantic and socio-historical functions. The collection consists of four sections: I. From Solitude and Buen Retiro to Mon-plaisir and Sans-souci. Exploring the Theory of the Architecture of Leisure within the Palace; II. Tradition and Modernity. Defining the Palazzotto as a Spatial and Functional Type from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period; III. Decorating the Architecture of Leisure. Interpreting the Satellite’s Decor between Politics and Nature; IV. The Palazzotto in Context. Exploring the Role of the Satellite in the Grand Design of the Residence and its Gardens. Authors: Marilyn Brown, Ulla Kjaer, Poul Grinder-Hansen, Antonio Russo, Martina Frank, Sarah Lynch, Wolfgang Lippmann, Dirk Jacob Jansen, Mary-Claude Canova-Green, Daria Churkina, Michele Danieli, Markus Jeitler, Sylva Dobalová, Jan Ivanega, Jaroslava Hausenblasová, Ondřej Jakubec, Martin Mádl, Ivan Muchka. / Sylva Dobalová and Ivan Muchka (eds.) assisted by Sarah Lynch, online pdf book "Palatium e-publications", Volume 4, Palatinum – Artefactum: Praha 2015, ISBN 978-80-86890-71. Free download – www.courtresidences.eu

Věda a umění. Sborník z 5. sjezdu historiků umění

Věda a umění. Sborník z 5. sjezdu historiků umění

The conference proceedings Science and Art are the fifth consecutive publication of the papers presented at the national conference of art historians under the auspices of the Czech Association of Art Historians. These proceedings offer readers the papers of most of the authors participating in the most recent meeting, which took place from 16 to 18 September 2015 at the Department of Art History in Olomouc. The five thematic areas, I. Art History as Science, “non-science” and “pseudo-science”; II. History of Art and the Science of the Human Mind Today; III. Scientific Discoveries and the Art of Old Masters; IV. Art History and Secret Sciences; V. Art Research, demonstrate how the participants of the meeting come to terms with the complexly defined relationship between art and science. The proceedings contain a total of 24 academic papers, including introductions by the heads of each section who describe the concepts and main theoretical basis of the texts. The objective of the publication is not to resolve all of the presented issues, but to promote open discussions on the position of science and art in the field of academic research as such. The proceedings have been published at the Institute of Art History’s publishing house Artefactum with the support of the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University and the Czech Association of Art Historians.

Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 7. Fórum epigrafických a sepulkrálních studií

Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 7. Fórum epigrafických a sepulkrálních studií

A seventh 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 meeting in 2015, further complementary articles are to be found as outlined above. / Jiří Rohášek (ed.), in Czech and English with English summaries, 347 pp., b/w illustration, Praha: Artefactum 2016, ISBN 978-80-86890-95-1

Šlechtická sídla ve stínu prezidentských dekretů

Šlechtická sídla ve stínu prezidentských dekretů

The publication Šlechtická sídla ve stínu prezidentských dekretů [Aristocratic Residences in the Shadow of Presidential Decrees] is devoted to issues relating to the nationalisation of the property of the aristocracy in Czechoslovakia, the involvement of some aristocratic families or individuals in the Nazi movement, the fate of the stately homes belonging to these families at the end of the Second World War and immediately afterwards, the ways in which selected items of the furnishings from these stately homes found their way into various institutions, and the subsequent use made of them. The publication of the book is the result of a project under the National and Cultural Identity Programme (NAKI) entitled “Searching for the provenance of movable cultural assets nationalised in 1945 from citizens of German nationality in the region of northern Bohemia”. At the same time, the book will act as the catalogue for a mobile panel exhibition. / Kristina Uhlíková (ed.), Dita Jelínková Homolová, Jitka Císařová, Jan Uhlík, in Czech with English summary, 230 pp., b/w illustrations, Artefactum: Praha 2017, ISBN 978-80-86890-96-8

Památky Těšínského knížectví

Památky Těšínského knížectví

The publication Památky Těšínského knížectví [The Artistic Heritage of the Duchy of Teschen] consists of a series of essays devoted to the artistic heritage of the region of the former Duchy of Teschen, which existed as an independent unit from the late 13th century until 1920, when it was divided up between Czechoslovakia and Poland. The texts, written by various Czech and Polish authors, deal with selected heritage features and artists connected with this territory, disregarding the borders that were later drawn and thus recalling the former integral nature of the region and its art-historical riches and specific elements. The authors focus on various features of the artistic heritage, including examples of architecture, sculpture, and painting, over a timespan ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The publication also includes articles on themes that are particularly characteristic of the Teschen region – wooden sacred architecture and late-19th- and early-20th-century Protestant churches. The book contains texts written in Czech and Polish with English summaries. The authors of the articles are: Irena Adamczyk, Teresa Dudek Bujarek, Przemysław A. Czernek, Ondřej Haničák, Michaela Hrčková, Ludmila Hůrková, Marek Kwaśny, Andrzej Kozieł, Žaneta Lechovičová, Klára Mezihoráková, Hana Myslivečková, Zdeněk R. Nešpor, David Pindur, Dalibor Prix, and Romana Rosová. / Klára Mezihoráková (ed.), in Czech and Poland, English summary, 260 pp., color illustrations, name index, Artefactum: Praha 2016, ISBN 978-80-86890-93-7

From Hus to Luther. Visual Culture in the Bohemian Reformation (1380–1620)

From Hus to Luther. Visual Culture in the Bohemian Reformation (1380–1620)

The first study representing a little-known phenomenon in Bohemian cultural and political history – the visual culture that grew up in the environment of the Reformation churches in Bohemia from the Hussites until the defeat of the Estates by the Habsburgs at White Mountain in 1620. This book portrays a little-known phenomenon in Bohemian cultural and political history – the visual culture that grew up in the environment of Reformation churches in Bohemia from the time of the Hussites until the defeat of the Estates by the Habsburg coalition at White Mountain in 1620. It provides the first comprehensive overview of a forgotten era of artistic production over a period of approximately two hundred years, when most of the population of Bohemia professed non-Catholic faiths. Featuring over fifty illustrations including manuscript illumination, panel painting, and architecture, the book also presents the surviving cultural products of the four non-Catholic Christian denominations, ranging from the more moderate to radical Reformation cultures. The book also analyses the attitudes of these denominations to religious representations, and illuminates their uses of visual media in religious and confessional communication. The book thus opens up both the Reformation culture of Bohemia and its artistic heritage to an international audience. / Kateřina Horníčková – Michal Šroněk (edd.), From Hus to Luther. Visual Culture in the Bohemian Reformation (1380–1620). Turnhout: Brepols 2016. First edition, in English, 323 pp., colour illustrations, ISBN 978-2-503-54805-0

Nespatříte hada / Not a Single Snake in Sight. Josef Čapek – František Hrubín – Jan Skácel – Miloslav Kabeláč

Nespatříte hada / Not a Single Snake in Sight. Josef Čapek – František Hrubín – Jan Skácel – Miloslav Kabeláč

The world of children is a theme that had an uncommonly powerful impact on modern art. It was a focal interest of painter and writer Josef Čapek, whose works for children occupy a unique place in Czech culture. This theme moreover served as inspiration for other artists, such as poets František Hrubín and Jan Skácel, who forged their own creative path to the world of children. Their poetry collections Modré nebe (The Blue Sky, 1948) and Kam odešly laně (Where the Does Went, 1985) were inspired by motifs in Čapek’s drawings in which children are the subject matter and which were first published at a special exhibition in 1935. In 1950 composer Miloslav Kabeláč composed a cycle of children’s choruses that he titled Modré nebe (The Blue Sky), with the subtitle A Little Book of Children’s Songs Based on the Pictures of Josef Čapek and the Words of František Hrubín for Children’s Chorus and Piano. Nespatříte hada (Not a Single Snake in Sight) explores these links. It delves into the more general questions that the world of children, art for children, and art by children opened up for modern Czech (and European) visual arts, literature, and music. The creative approach that Čapek, Hrubín, Skácel, and Kabeláč adopted is unique evidence of multimedia inspirations in modern art, which remain relevant to the present day. In order to make use of the multimedia aspect in this publication, the book includes a CD with a recording of Kabeláč’s The Blue Sky, performed by Radost Children’s Choir, and recitations of Hrubín’s and Skácel’s verse by Disman’s Children’s Radio Ensemble. / Pavla Machalíková – Tomáš Winter (edd.), Nespatříte hada / Not a Single Snake in Sight. Josef Čapek – František Hrubín – Jan Skácel – Miloslav Kabeláč. Prague: Artefactum 2016. First edition, bilingual publication, in Czech and English, 160 pp., colour illustrations, ISBN 978-80-86890-88-3

Josef Sudek: V ateliéru / In the Studio

Josef Sudek: V ateliéru / In the Studio

Catalogue of the exhibition (2. 12. 2016 – 27. 1. 2017, Věda a umění Gallery, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague) An intimately-conceived exhibition concluded the commemoration of the 120th-birthday anniversary and 40th-death anniversary of Czech photographer, Josef Sudek (1896–1976). The exhibition introduced Sudek's perspectival views into the studios of several Prague-based artists, including Josef Mařatka, Bohumil Kafka, František Zikmund, Emanuel Famíra, Josef Wagner, Hana Wichterlová, Vilém Plocek, Jiří Jaška, Ota Janeček and Andrej Bělocvětov. The exhibition displayed the new prints made by contemporary Czech photographer, Vlado Bohdan, from Sudek's original negatives. The negatives are part of the collection of the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The catalogoue is published in a bilingual, Czech-English version. / Vojtěch Lahoda – Katarína Mašterová (edd.), Josef Sudek: V ateliéru / In the Studio. Prague: Artefactum 2016. First edition, bilingual publication, in Czech and English, 37 pp., b/w illustrations, ISBN 978-80-86890-89-0

Alchemy and Rudolf II. Exploring the Secrets of Nature in Central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries

Alchemy and Rudolf II. Exploring the Secrets of Nature in Central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries

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 wellknown 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 developer 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. / Ivo Purš – Vladimír Karpenko (eds.), Alchemy and Rudolf II. Exploring the Secrets of Nature in Central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Prague: Artefactum 2016. Second edition, first english edition, 869 pp., index of names, ISBN 978–80–86890–85–2

Kostel sv. Alberta v Třinci

Kostel sv. Alberta v Třinci

The brochure The Church of St. Albert in Třinec is the latest in the series of publications in the series Monumenta Bohemiae et Moraviae, the principal aim of which is to present interesting artistic heritage sites to a broader public. The Church of St. Albert, together with other buildings such as the priest’s house and the sacristan’s house, forms an integral complex situated on a small hill overlooking the Moravia Steel works. The entire complex is the work of the prominent architect Albin Theodor Prokop (1838-1916), and a large amount of documentation relating to the plans for the buildings has been preserved. Some of these plans are now being published for the first time. Other features of this slim volume include high-quality up-to-date photos and a ground plan of the church with captions to provide orientation for visitors to the building. / Klára Mezihoráková, Kostel sv. Alberta v Třinci. Prague: Artefactum 2016. Firts edition, in Czech, 51 pp., colour ilustrations, ISBN 978-80-86890-87-6

Barokní nástěnná malba v českých zemích. BENEDIKTINI I–II

Barokní nástěnná malba v českých zemích. BENEDIKTINI I–II

Nakladatelství Academia vydalo soupisovou práci, věnovanou nástěnným malbám 17. a 18. století v prostředí benediktinských klášterů na území českých zemí. Kniha vznikla s podporou Grantové agentury ČR v rámci šířeji koncipovaného programu uměleckohistorické dokumentace a interpretace barokních nástěnných maleb, který rozvíjí Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd ČR ve spolupráci s dalšími českými a zahraničními odbornými pracovišti. Dvoudílná publikace přináší obsáhlé uměleckohistorické studie, katalog barokních nástěnných maleb i edici pramenů vztahujících se k baroknímu nástěnnému malířství v benediktinských klášterech v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku. Další podrobnosti k obsahu publikace viz v příloze. Martin Mádl – Radka Heisslerová – Michaela Šeferisová Loudová – Štěpán Vácha, Barokní nástěnná malba v českých zemích. Benediktini I–II, Praha [Academia] 2016. ISBN: 978-80-200-2621-7, 1072 stran, barevné + černobílé ilustrace, anglické resumé

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Architektura středověkých klášterů dominikánek v Čechách a na Moravě

Architektura středověkých klášterů dominikánek v Čechách a na Moravě

The theme of the book is the mediaeval architecture of the convents of Dominican nuns in Bohemia and Moravia. Until now there had been no comprehensive monograph devoted to the convents of this female order, in spite of the fact that it was an important phenomenon in the mediaeval period – by the mid-14th century nine convents of Dominican nuns had been founded in the Czech lands, a relatively large number. The book concentrates on the architecture of the order that is still in existence, which today consists of only two complexes – the former convent of St. Catherine in Olomouc and the former convent of St. Anne in the Old Town district of Prague. These convents have in-depth chapters devoted to them in the book, which outline the history and architectural development of their buildings, in particular the two churches, which have been preserved as relatively integral Gothic constructions and are thus important examples of the mediaeval architecture of this Mendicant order. But the convents that no longer exist are not neglected, and the emphasis is on placing the entire group of Bohemian and Moravian convents in the context of the architecture of religious orders in Central Europe. An important motif followed in the text is the issue of specific adaptations to the construction of the convent buildings and churches of Dominican nuns, reflecting the requirement of strict enclosure for the sisters, and questions relating to the functions of the individual rooms. / Klára Mezihoráková, Architektura středověkých klášterů dominikánek v Čechách a na Moravě [The architecture of the Gothic cloisters of the Dominican nuns in Bohemia and Moravia]. Prague: Artefactum 2016. First edition, in Czech with English and German summaries, 223 p., colour illustrations, index of names and places, ISBN 978-80-86890-82-1

Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 6

Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 6

A sixth 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 meeting in 2012 and 2013, further complementary articles are to be found as outlined above. / Jiří Roháček (ed.), Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 6. Fórum epigrafických a sepulkrálních studií [Forum for epigraphic and sepulchral studies]. Prague: Artefactum 2015. First edition, in Czech, Slovak and English, english and german summary, 525 p.,b/w illustration, ISBN 978-80-86890-83-8

Krajina – sídlo – obraz: romantický řád Jiřího Jana Buquoye / Landscape – Residence – Image: Georg Johann Buquoy´s Romantic Order

Krajina – sídlo – obraz: romantický řád Jiřího Jana Buquoye / Landscape – Residence – Image: Georg Johann Buquoy´s Romantic Order

This monograph by a collective of experts is the final publication of the project “Renewing the Buquoy Cultural Landscape”, and brings together the results of five years of meticulous research into the pictorial and written sources relating to the artistic and cultural circle of the Buquoy family in the 18th and 19th centuries. The central theme of the book is the figure of Count Georg Johann Heinrich Buquoy and his activities as a patron of the arts in Bohemia in the mid-19th century, with a particular focus on his interests in the fields of landscaping, architecture, collecting, his own artistic work, and pictorial documentation. Considerable attention is devoted to the broader thematic and territorial context of his patronage of the arts, with the important contribution of the two previous generations being taken into account. Based on many examples, the book demonstrates that Count Buquoy’s enthusiasm for the contemporary ideals of romanticism and historicism, and his endeavours to give a real form to these ideals, went far beyond the usual, virtually obligatory, artistic interests of members of his social class. Through his inputs into shaping the landscape in the Nové Hrady region (whether in terms of ideas or of finance), his ingenious concept for the Rožmberk Castle Museum, and his long-term systematic efforts to document the gradual changes in romantic and historical styles on his estates, he represented a quite unique phenomenon in the field of the arts patronage of his day in a broader Central European context. / Petra Trnková (ed.), Krajina – sídlo – obraz: romantický řád Jiřího Jana Buquoye / Landscape – Residence – Image: Georg Johann Buquoy´s Romantic Order. Prague: Artefactum 2015. First edition, bilingual publication, in Czech and English, 296 pp., colour illustrations, index of names, ISBN 978-80-86890-80-7

Knihovna arcivévody Ferdinanda II. Tyrolského

Knihovna arcivévody Ferdinanda II. Tyrolského

An exceptionally important source for the history of the Czech lands in the early modern age (and one that has hitherto not been examined in detail) is the library of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol (1529–1595), who was Vice-Regent in the Kingdom of Bohemia in the years 1547–1563. The Archduke’s library was most probably first established in Prague Castle. After 1567, when Ferdinand became ruler in Tyrol, the library was installed and further extended in Ambras chateau near Innsbruck. Later the contents of the library became scattered and the only sources that give us an idea of its original extent are an inventory of Ferdinand’s estate from the year 1596 and an inventory of five hundred manuscripts that were transferred from Ambras to Vienna in 1665. This collective monograph is the result of the grant project “Research into the Library of Ferdinand of Tyrol: Cultural History and Art History Aspects” (part of the “Support for Targeted Research Projects” programme of the Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, no. 1QS800330501), which operated in 2005–2008. The monograph consists of two volumes. The first one contains descriptive and analytical texts devoted to the thematic groups represented in the library. A separate chapter deals with the manuscripts kept in the library among the printed works and in the Kunstkammer. Other texts are devoted to the chronological, geographical, and linguistic provenance of the printed works, and to the works dedicated to the owner of the library. The monograph culminates in a chapter devoted to Ferdinand’s library in the context of 16th-century Bohemian and Austrian libraries. The second volume is a catalogue containing all the identified data and descriptions of the individual printed and manuscript works. Both volumes are supplemented by a pictorial appendix. Particularly in the case of the second volume, this appendix considerably enhances the documentary aspect of the publication because of its size. / Ivo Purš – Hedvika Kuchařová (edd.), Knihovna arcivévody Ferdinanda II. Tyrolského [The Library of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol]. Prague: Artefactum 2015. First edition, in Czech with German summary, 2 volumes, 1384 pp., colour illustrations, pictorial appendix, index of names, ISBN 978–80–86890–72–2 (first volume), ISBN 978–80–86890–73–9 (second volume), ISBN (for both volumes) 978–80–86890–74–6

Vinzenz Luksch, Stadt Leitmeritz / Město Litoměřice

Vinzenz Luksch, Stadt Leitmeritz / Město Litoměřice

This is the fourth volume in the series of critical editions of manuscripts of Inventories of Historical and Artistic Monuments, which were prepared as part of a joint project by the Archaeological Commission of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Society for the Promotion of German Science, Art, and Literature in the Czech Lands. The author of this art-historical topography for Litoměřice, compiled in the fi rst two decades of the 20th century, was the local canon, church historian, and conserver of listed monuments, Vinzenz Luksch. The book is published in a bilingual German-Czech form, and the critical edition of the original text is preceded by an extensive introductory study. / Kristina Uhlíková, Jana Chadimová, Martin Barus (edd.), Vinzenz Luksch, Topographie der historischen und kunst-Denkmale im politischen Bezirke Leitmeritz, Teil I., Stadt Leitmeritz [Inventory of the Historical and Artistic Monuments in the Administrative District of Litoměřice, Part I, The Town of Litoměřice]. Prague: Artefactum 2015. First edition, bilingual publication, in German and Czech, 486 p., black-and-white illustrations, index of names and places, ISBN 8788086890791

Setkávání. Studie o středověkém umění věnované Kláře Benešovské

Setkávání. Studie o středověkém umění věnované Kláře Benešovské

The aim of this collection of texts is to present mediaeval art from various viewpoints in all its breadth, richness, and variety. It contains essays on mediaeval architecture, sculpture, panel painting, wall painting, book illumination, and artistic craftwork. The texts do not deal just with Czech subjects, but cover European mediaeval culture across a broad geographical spectrum over a period of several centuries. In addition to Czech and Slovak researchers, texts have been contributed to the book by leading scholars from France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Poland, and Hungary. The keystone connecting all these research efforts is the person of Klára Benešovská, an outstanding mediaevalist, in particular in the field of mediaeval architecture, and also an untiring organiser of academic life, who can take credit for the spread of knowledge of Czech mediaeval art in European specialist circles as well. The book contains a wealth of illustrations, an extensive index, a complete bibliography of Klára Benešovská, and English summaries of the essays. / Jan Chlíbec – Zoë Opačić (edd.), Setkávání. Studie o středověkém umění věnované Kláře Benešovské [Encounters. Essays on Mediaeval Art Dedicated to Klára Benešovská]. Prague: Artefactum 2015. First edition, in Czech, Slovak, English, German, Italian, and French, with English summaries, 343 pp., colour illustrations, ISBN 978-80-86890-75-3

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Seňorita Franco a Krvavý pes Malíř, karikaturista a ilustrátor Antonín Pelc (1895–1967)

Seňorita Franco a Krvavý pes Malíř, karikaturista a ilustrátor Antonín Pelc (1895–1967)

Although Antonín Pelc was one of the most important Czech cartoonists, who had a fundamental influence on the form of this genre, so far no detailed critical study has been devoted to him. This gap has now been filled by this extensive monograph, which maps out and evaluates in detail all the aspects of his oeuvre – painting, cartoons, and illustrations – placing them in the broader context of 20th century modern art and the cultural-historical and political framework. The book reproduces not only hitherto unknown works by Pelc from public and private collections in the Czech Republic and abroad, but also comparative work by other artists and a wealth of documentary material. The monograph also includes a complete list of all the many works Pelc created to illustrate books. / Anna Pravdová, Tomáš Winter (edd.), Seňorita Franco a Krvavý pes. Malíř, karikaturista a ilustrátor Antonín Pelc (1895–1967) [Senorita Franco and the Bloody Hound. The Painter, Cartoonist and Illustrator Antonín Pelc (1895–1967)]. Prague: Artefactum – National Gallery 2015. First edition, in Czech, english summary, index of names and places, 467 pp., colour illustrations, ISBN 978-80-86890-69-2

Figure & Lettering. Sepulchral Sculpture of the Jagiellonian Period in Bohemia

Figure & Lettering. Sepulchral Sculpture of the Jagiellonian Period in Bohemia

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. / Jan Chlíbec – Jiří Roháček, Figure & Lettering. Sepulchral Sculpture of the Jagiellonian Period in Bohemia. Prague: Artefactum 2014. Second edition, in English, 348 pp., b/w illustrations, index of names and subjects, ISBN 9-788086-890678

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Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 5

Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 5

A fifth 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. / Jiří Roháček (ed.), Epigraphica & Sepulcralia 5. Fórum epigrafických a sepulkrálních studií [Forum for epigraphic and sepulchral studies]. Prague: Artefactum 2014. First edition, in Czech, Slovak and English, summaries in English and Czech, 410 p., black-and-white illustrations, ISBN 978-80-86890-66-1

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Hvězda. Arcivévoda Ferdinand Tyrolský a jeho letohrádek v evropském kontextu

Hvězda. Arcivévoda Ferdinand Tyrolský a jeho letohrádek v evropském kontextu

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. / Ivan Prokop Muchka, Ivo Purš, Sylva Dobalová, Jaroslava Hausenblasová, Hvězda. Arcivévoda Ferdinand Tyrolský a jeho letohrádek v evropském kontextu [The Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol and his “Star” Summer Palace in a European Context]. Prague: Artefactum 2014. First edition, in Czech, English summary, 569 pp., colour illustrations, hardback, ISBN 978-80-86890-65-4

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