The City of Prague Museum

The Magic of Holy Images

The Magic of Holy Images

Main Building

9. 12. 2017 – 2. 4. 2018

This exhibition is divided into two parts. The first leads the visitor through depictions of amorous sculptures and paintings to little devotional graphics found on the way to various pilgrimage sites in and around Prague, from the pilgrim center in Hájek to Bílá Hora, Strahov, Hradčany, the Lesser Town, Charles Bridge, Old Town, New Town, Vyšehrad, and on to Zbraslav.

The second part of the exhibition is devoted to the first half of the nineteenth century, which could be called the “golden age” of the printing of holy images in Prague. It introduces exhibition visitors to little devotional graphics produced in the course of the first half of the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the lingering era of Classicism and on the Biedermeier period. The presentation covers a broad cross section of the production of Prague’s most important print shops: Jan Pachmayer, Václav Hoffmann, Dominik Maulini, Josef Hora, Zikmund Rudl, Leopold Koppe, and many others.

In addition to holy images, the exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, household altars, and other art objects dated to the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth from the collections of the City of Prague Museum. The great majority of these items is on display for the very first time. 




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