Visit of chateau Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou

and Moravský Krumlov

         The Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou Baroque chateau  belongs to the most robust architectures of the first half of the 18th century in Central European. At the close of the 16th century the original Medieval fortified settlement was refashioned as a Renaissance chateau, overwhelmed by the lately erected buildings.

         The manor gained its present appearance at the time of the Count Jan Adam Questenberk in 1700 - 1737. The count belonged to the great Maecenases and lovers of music and theater so his manor became quite naturally a prominent center of cultural life. The conductor of the manor band, František V. Míča composed and, here in 1730, performed his opera, "Of the Jaroměřice City Foundation", whose Italian lyrics were not long after translated into Czech, then the language of country folk and lower strata of society.

         There is the narrative Ancestors' Hall shining at a sight seeing tour with its extensive ceiling paintings and portraits of the members of the count's house, embedded in the wooden wall facings. The China lounge wall decoration is also stately with a floor decoratively veneered with cheerfully colored wood blocks.

         The Dancing Hall excels in its dimensions as does the Salla Terrena with its decorated cylindrical vault in the western wing of the ground floor. In addition to the valuable Baroque goods, it is possible to see many period musical instruments inside as well.

         More photos on address http://virtualniprohlidky.cz/virtualni-prohlidka/zamek-jaromerice-nad-rokytnou/

 

         The first written record of Moravský Krumlov dates to 1227. The town´s Renaissance chateau dating between 1557 to 1562 stands on the site of a former medieval Gothic castle. Three sides of the chateau courtyard are lined with Renaissance arcades. After the lost battle on the White Hill (1621), the family of Lichtenstein was the owner of the estate.

         The well-known Slav Epic by the painter, Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), is situated in the Hall of Knights in the Chateau.

 

ALPHONSE MUCHA´S SLAV EPIC in chateau Moravský Krumlov

         Alphonse Mucha originally conceived the idea of creating the Slav Epic in 1900, at the time of the World Fair in Paris. In 1910 he and his family returned from their long-term stay in France and the United States to Bohemia. In his 50´s Mucha started painting the first canvases in the Castle of Zbiroh, outside Prague. It took a further 18 years for him to create all the canvases. In 1928 the whole Slav Epic cycle was exhibited in the Fair Palace in Prague and the painter donated it to the Czech people. After the second World War the Slav Epic was taken to the town of Moravský Krumlov. There, in the Castle of Moravský Krumlov, the cycle has been exhibited since 1963.

         The Slav Epic consists of 20 monumental paintings expressing scenes from Czech national history and the history of the other Slav nations.

Painting you can find on pages http://www.pricejb.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/slav-epic/Gallery.htm

 

Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860-1939) is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. As a struggling and relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris, Mucha achieved immediate fame when, in December 1894, he accepted a commission to create a poster for one of the greatest actresses of this time, Sarah Bernhardt. Though the printer was apprehensive about submitting Mucha´s final design because of its new unconventional style, Bernhardt loved it and so did the public. ´Le style Mucha´, as Art Nouveau was known in its earliest days, was born. The success of that first poster brought a 6 years contract between Bernhardt and Mucha and in the following years his work for her and others included costumes and stage decorations, designs for magazines and book covers, jewellery and furniture and numerous posters. Mucha returned to Czechoslovakia in 1910, where he dedicated the remainder of his life to the production of a an epic series of 20 paintings depicting the history of the Slav people.

More information about Alfons Mucha you can find on web pages:

http://www.mucha.cz/index.phtml?S=home&Lang=EN