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Prague in the Reign of Rudolph II

Mannerist Art and Architecture in the Imperial Capital, 1583-1612

Prague in the Reign of Rudolph II takes readers back to the days of the Habsburg Emperor Rudolph II (1576–1611) when Prague became the metropolis of the Holy Roman Empire, and when the imperial court was a much sought-after milieu for scholars and artists, as well as magicians and adventurers. As the author notes, almost anyone of importance from inside—and even outside—the empire had to spend some time in Prague if they wanted to make their name.
Internationally renowned expert on Rudolphine art Eliška Fucíková provides the reader with an engaging and informative stroll through Rudolphine Prague, which to this day remains full of mystery and legend, and includes a look at the famous imperial collection housed within Prague Castle. Her lively and authoritative account is accompanied by over a hundred color plates of buildings and historic monuments dating from the late Renaissance, together with maps and other graphic documentation, an index of locations with a map of Rudolphine monuments, and an overview of prominent figures.
A follow-up to Karolinum’s earlier Art-Nouveau Prague, and the first title in their new Prague series, Prague in the Reign of Rudolph II is sure to be prized by art lovers and adventurers alike.

200 pages | 106 color plates, 25 halftones, 6 maps | 8 x 10 | © 2015


Art: European Art


“This book is . . . in Karolinum’s new series devoted to the intellectual, artistic, and material life of the city. It is valuable to scholars of the period as well as scholars of Czech culture or of art and architecture in general, and its gorgeous illustrations also make it an attractive coffee table book. Recently published additions to the new series include Jan Royt’s The Prague of Charles IV, 1363–1378, Kateřina Bečkova’s Prague: The City and Its River, and Božena Pacáková-Hoštálková’s Prague: Parks and Gardens. Perhaps it’s time to start your own collection.”

Kirsten Lodge, Midwestern State University | Slavic and East European Journal

Table of Contents

The Prague of Rudolph II
A guide to the Prague of Rudolph
Monarchs, courtiers, and would-be countries of the period
Architecture map, Prague
Architecture map, Prague Castle
List of Plates
About the author 

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