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The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece

The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece was a painter active in Prague in the fourteenth century and one of the most important gothic artists of the international style. He is named for his most famous work, a triptych depicting the death and resurrection of Christ, from an altar in a church in Trebon, a medieval town in the southern Czech Republic. Today, the masterpiece is in the collection of the National Gallery in Prague.
Because little is known about this artist, scholars have ascribed to the Master various pieces of art, speculating about their dates of origin, their chronology, and their artistic and ideological points of departure. Art historian Jan Royt’s extensive scientific research into the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece attempts to definitively identify and contextualize this unknown artist’s oeuvre.
Royt begins by outlining historical events in Bohemia during the last third of the fourteenth century, including the development of painting and religious atmosphere of the time. He then offers an artistic and iconographic analysis of works of the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece and his workshop and circle. The book closes with a detailed critical overview of art historians’ views of the work of this medieval artist.
With more than eighty color reproductions and illustrations depicting the results of a restoration survey of the panel paintings by the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece, this book will be warmly received by scholars of art history as well as European art aficionados.

288 pages | 86 color plates, 12 halftones | 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 | © 2014

Art: Art--General Studies


"Marks a significant addition to the study of painting in the late Middle Ages. During the second half of the fourteenth century, when the Master of the Třeboň Altarpiece was active, the Kingdom of Bohemia, with its capital in Prague, was rich and powerful, an international center of culture and art. Royt, a highly respected scholar in the Czech Republic, published this book in English, thereby greatly increasing readership and making the work of this major and influential master better known to scholars throughout the world. Situating the artist within both local and European contexts, Royt pays close attention to the creative process. In addition to details of iconography, composition, and technique, he examines various reconstructions of the original arrangement and installation of the altarpiece in its ecclesiastical setting, thereby creating a fully rounded image of the Master of the Třeboň Altarpiece and of his place within the history of late medieval art. Beautifully produced, with excellent color reproductions, including many close details, The Master of the Třeboň Altarpiece will be a welcome addition to any library. . . . Recommended.”

E. B. Smith, Pennsylvania State University | Choice

“Royt approaches the altarpiece of Třeboň with sensitivity and caution. . . . This book has wonderful fully illustrated photographs and high resolution detailed images of smaller aspects in the Třeboň Altarpiece. There is a plethora of beautiful photographs of Bohemian works (not just of the Třeboň Altarpiece), and easily accessible language that makes this an attractive read to the lay public and the art historian enthusiast. Royt’s The Master of the Třeboň Altarpiece sheds light on both the structure of the Bohemian court and ecclesiastical religious issues. The conclusion offers exciting possibilities for further studies in art restoration and the legacy of the master of Třeboň and his workshop.”


Table of Contents

Western and Central European painting 1375-1400
Sources and starting points of Bohemian panel painting 1340-1380
The religious background of the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece’s work
The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece
The Trebon Altarpiece
On the reconstruction of the Trebon altarpiece
Works of the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece and his workshop
The chronology of the works of the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece and his workshop
The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece and the Beautiful Style
Works influenced by the Master of the Trebon Altarpiece’s work
The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece as seen by art historians
Appendix: The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece’s painting technique
List of paintings
Map of locations

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