An art exhibition was near our hotel in Prague. An exhibition that we never knew. An exhibition that tells an important story that we knew nothing about. A story that is important to not only the Czech people, but one for an entire culture – so we went.
Czechs revere Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). My recent stained glass post included some of Mucha’s work at St. Vitas Cathedral in Prague.
From 1910 to 1928, Mucha created 20 paintings on very large canvases celebrating more than a thousand years of Slav history known as The Slav Epic. That was the exhibition close to the hotel – but with only 11 of the canvases.
Each canvas (some 18’ x 24 ‘ – 6m x 8 m) depict important events in Slav history – celebrations, battles, coronations, and religion. I admit knowing very little about this, and the exhibition reinforced that.
Here are three images I took at the exhibition. Below them are resource links to several videos and websites for those who want to know more.
Resources to Learn More
- One-minute video about the exhibition
- Almost two-minute video showing each epic with a musical background
- Three-minute video by Rick Steves about Mucha that includes The Slav Epic and its stories
- Images of The Slav Epic
- The Mucha Foundation, information about this work, the artist, and more