Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University
Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1991, Prague has become one of Europe’s—and the world’s—most popular tourist destinations. As in London, Paris, and Rome, visitors flock to the gorgeous buildings and monuments that grace the streets of Prague, entranced by structures ranging from Gothic and baroque to cubist and neoclassical. And while hundreds of thousands stroll over the Charles Bridge and gaze up at the St. Vitus Cathedral each year, far fewer venture away from the crowds to seek out the countless gems of art nouveau peppered throughout Prague.
With Art-Nouveau Prague, Petr Wittlich—one of Europe’s leading experts on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture—tours those monuments and buildings of Prague representative of the art nouveau movement and offers insightful commentary on each. Along the way, Wittlich visits such sites as the Municipal House, the Wilson Railway Station, the Grand Hotel Europa, and works by sculptors František Bílek, Ladislav Šaloun, and Stanislav Sucharda.
An introductory essay by Wittlich emphasizing the role of art nouveau within contemporary currents of modern European art accompanies more than one hundred color illustrations of some of the most stunning examples of art nouveau architecture and decoration in existence, and a detailed bibliography provides additional reading for each of the sites displayed in the book. Art-Nouveau Prague is a must-have for those traveling to Prague for the first time or for anyone who appreciates or wants to learn more about art nouveau style.
135 pages | 100 color plates | 8 x 10 | © 2009
Art: European Art
Table of Contents
A Stroll around Art-Nouveau Prague
Sculptural Group at Vyšehrad
U Ceské orlice House
The Battle of Lipany Panorama
Museum of Decorative Arts
Prague City Insurance Company
Villas in Bubenec
Apartment Buildings in Josefov
U Nováku Department Store
Prague Credit Bank
Apartment Buildings in U Prašné brány Street
Grand Hotel Evropa
Apartment Buildings on Masaryk Embankment
Topic House and Insurance Company Praha
The Municipal House
František Palacký Monument
Svatopluk Cech Bridge
The Main Railway Station
Jan Hus Monument
The Viennese Bank Association Palace
New City Hall
"The Ice Palace"
The House U Cerné Matky Boží
Cubist Houses under Vyšehrad
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