Archaeology Jiri Pesek Palaces of Prague

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Palaces of Prague

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The ancient city of Prague can boast some of the most magnificent palaces in all Europe. Built between the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century, and spanning diverse architectural styles - from Gothic to Rococo, from Baroque to Neoclassical - these palaces are beautifully photographed and their history explored in this important new book. Perhaps most impressive of all is Prague Castle, a vast fortified bastion, built around the soaring High Gothic Cathedral of St Vitus and embracing not only the Royal Palaces but also several mansions of the Bohemian and Austrian nobility.
The story of the palaces of Prague tells us much about the history of Central Europe. With 164 large full-colour ilustrations and a richly informed text, this book will appeal to those with an interest in history of art and architecture, and to the many visitors to Prague.

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Jiri Pesek is assistant lecturer at the faculty of philosophy at Charles University, and also works at the center for German and Austrian studies there.

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Capturing the magnificent and remarkably preserved architectural jewels of this former center of both Hapsburg and Bohemian culture, this visual delight features the splendid royal and aristocratic palaces built during Prague's three golden ages. Povrizka's stunning photographs include both interior and exterior views and architectural and decorative details of frescoes and sculpture. An opening chapter focuses on the historical background of the Czech capital and records the building frenzy of its royal inhabitants from the late 14th century through the 18th century. The 41 palaces are arranged chronologically by architectural period, ranging from the Flamboyant Gothic style of Prague Castle to the Italian Renaissance features of the Royal Summer Palace, or the Belvedere, to the Baroque palaces of Waldstein and Lobkowicz to the Rococo splendors of Villa Amerika. The brief accompanying text cites each palace's historical importance, notable architecture or design features and their current usage. Recommended for architectural or decorative arts collections.
Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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