Ceremonial Carriages of the Olomouc Bishops and Prague Archbishops of the 18th Century



Year of publication 2009
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Umění. Časopis Ústavu dějin umění
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Keywords carriages; bishops; archbishops; Olomouc; Prague; ceremonial entry; Ferdinand Julius Troyer; baroque; 18th century
Description The study treats the ceremonial Episcopal carriages in Bohemian and Moravian collections. Detailed research of the bishops inventories, descriptions of ceremonial entries and the carriages themselves (their iconography and the quality of the craftwork) has provided a much more detailed picture of the history of the carriages. It has also helped to uncover the specific representational strategies of the people who commissioned the carriages. Analysis of the enthronement ceremonies in Prague and Olomouc has revealed some small differences against the backdrop of a common, secularised form of the rite. The secular tone of these events is also underlined by the iconography of the paintings, which commemorate the bishops patronage of their fiefs and extol the virtues of those who commissioned the carriages.
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