Ve společenství bohů a hrdinů : Mýty antického světa v české a moravské nástěnné malbě šlechtických venkovských sídel v letech 1650–1690

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Title in English In the Society of Gods and Heroes : Myths of the Classical World in Bohemian and Moravian Wall Paintings in Aristocratic Rural Seats over the Years 1650–1690


Year of publication 2016
Type Monograph
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The publication is focused on mapping out mythological wall painting in the Czech Lands in the seventeenth century. The research was consequently limited to several essential criteria, from the time-focus up to the functional-geographical. The publication is primarily aimed at the time period over the years 1650–1690, known as the Early Baroque in terms of the general style categories and a period when the Czech Lands underwent extensive renewal after The Thirty Years’ War. This period continues to represent the greatest vacuum in Czech art-history historiography. The aim of this publication is not to necessarily serve as an exhaustive catalogue of all of the mythological paintings of the seventeenth century preserved in the Czech Lands. It should instead demonstrate the representation strategy of the commissioners, the tendencies within painting in the seventeenth century and the interpretative possibilities when evaluating mythological paintings. The first part of the work is focused on a detailed analysis of fifteen aristocratic rural residences of the second half of the seventeenth century: the châteaux in Nové Město nad Metují, Štěkeň, Náměšť nad Oslavou, Kroměříž, Roudnice nad Labem, Milešov, Lnáře, Libochovice, Děčín, Nový Falkenburk, Plumlov, Holešov, Radíč, Nový Hrad u Jimlína and Doudleby nad Orlicí. The wider cultural-historical aspects of the mythological paintings of the seventeenth century in the Czech Lands are analysed on the foundation of this basic research within the framework of these fifteen château decors. This is carried out as follows: formal inspiration and model residences; representation strategy of the nobility; possibilities in interpreting mythological paintings in connection with the triple interpretation of classical myths in works of mythography and the relationship between wall paintings and the spatial arrangement of the residences.
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