Wenceslas IV (1361 - 1419) ruled at a time marked by the teachings of the Czech theologian Jan Hus (1369 - 1415) and his execution, as well as the papal schism and plague epidemics. He lived in the shadow of his father Charles IV and his grandfather John of Bohemia (Jan Lucemburský). The exhibition commemorates the personality of this Roman and Czech king, his life and the art he liked to surround himself with.


Hunter and art lover

Although Prague Castle was the seat of King Wenceslas IV, his favourite places were also Křivoklát, Hrádek na Zderaze, Žebrák and Točník castles, as well as Králův dvůr (King’s Court) in Prague, which was located where the Municipal House (Obecní dům) stands today. Prague became a centre of refined court art during the rule of Wenceslas IV of Bohemia, as the king was not only a great hunter, but also a passionate admirer of art, and of illuminated manuscripts in particular.


Art in Wenceslas’ time

Statues of the Madonna and child were typical of the time of Wenceslas IV’s rule, with S-shaped curvature of the statues of Madonna with child. The pietà was another popular subject, and many beautiful panel paintings were also created.

Visitors to the unique exhibition organised by the Office of the President of the Republic and Prague Castle Administration will see representative examples of art from Wenceslas' era. The exhibits come from both Prague Castle collections, and from other important Czech and international collections.


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