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Ovidian Iconography in 17th-Century Ceiling Painting in Bohemia and Moravia and its European Context

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Year of publication 2014
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

Description Fables, taken from the text of Ovid's Metamorphoses, belong to the most widely used iconographical repertoire of early modern wall paintings. Considering the fact that in the Czech historiography the wider research is still at the beginning of development in this field, the presented paper tries to capture selected problems of mythological decorations of Bohemian and Moravian residences in the second half of the 17th century. Bohemian and Moravian decorations of the 17th century were mostly influenced by various graphic models (mainly illustrated prints of Ovid`s Metamorphoses) and various European residences, especially those on the way from Italy to Central Europe (from Italian palaces and villas, through Styrian residences to the residential centres as Vienna etc.). On the example of the painting production of Carpoforo Tencalla and Giacomo Tencalla are covered mainly questions of the transfer of iconographical and formal motives between Italy and Central Europe and the mutual cohesion between some Bohemian and Moravian paintings and the other European residences.
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