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Ve jménu moudrosti. Ikonografie barokních knihoven na Moravě v 18. století

Title in English In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century


Type Monograph
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The book is the first monograph on the artistic decoration of baroque library halls created in the 18th century and still preserved in now days in Moravia, namely libraries in the former Canonry of Premonstratensians Hradisko near Olomouc, in the Benedictine Abbey in Rajhrad, in the monastery of Franciscans in Uherské Hradiště, in the monasteries of Minorites and Capuchins in Brno, in the Canonry of Premonstratensians in Nová Říše and in the former Premonstratensian Canonry Louka near Znojmo, where the library no longer exists, but its visual aspect is brought to use in the preserved library of the Premonstratensian canonry at Strahov in Prague, called the Philosophical Hall, which was created at the behest of the Strahov Abbot Václav Mayer as a replica of the Louka library. These monastic libraries are followed by the only one castle library in the (arch)bishop residence in Kroměříž. The monograph is primarily focused on the reconstruction of the iconographic programmes of the wall paintings in libraries, but also takes into account the style of the paintings, their authorship as well as sculptural decorations of the libraries, and last, but not least the iconography and iconology of the whole monastery (respective castle), where library halls are located.
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