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Czech patron saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, kneels in boyhood to pray with his grandmother, St Ludmila, in 1930s stained glass by world-renowned Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha in the New Archbishop’s Chapel in Prague Cathedral, Czechia / Czech Republic. The full window is an allegory of Christ blessing Slavic nations and it features ‘Slavia’, a female embodiment of the Slavic people, as well as scenes from the lives of Saints Cyril and Methodius, 9th century missionaries to the Slavs.

Czech patron saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, kneels in boyhood to pray with his grandmother, St Ludmila, in 1930s stained glass by world-renowned Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha in the New Archbishop’s Chapel in Prague Cathedral, Czechia / Czech Republic.  The full window is an allegory of Christ blessing Slavic nations and it features ‘Slavia’, a female embodiment of the Slavic people, as well as scenes from the lives of Saints Cyril and Methodius, 9th century missionaries to the Slavs. Stock Photo
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Terence Kerr / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

2CB6N2H

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27.5 MB (2 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

2533 x 3800 px | 21.4 x 32.2 cm | 8.4 x 12.7 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

22 July 2006

Location:

Cathedral of St Vitus, Prague, Czech Republic / Czechia

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This image could have imperfections as it’s either historical or reportage.

Prague, Czechia / Czech Republic: Czech patron saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, seen here as a boy, kneels in prayer with his grandmother, St Ludmila, in central panels of the vivid stained glass designed in 1930 by influential Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha for the New Archbishop’s Chapel in the Cathedral of St Vitus. Alphonse or Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939) was a prolific painter, illustrator and graphic artist. He lived in Paris during the Art Nouveau period, producing illustrations, advertisements, decorative panels and designs. After returning to his homeland aged 43, Mucha devoted himself to painting his masterpiece, The Slav Epic, 20 monumental canvases depicting the history of the Slavic people. The complete window, installed in 1931, is an allegory of Christ blessing the Slavic nations. It includes ‘Slavia’, a female embodiment of the Slavic people, and the panels surrounding St Wenceslaus and St Ludmila depict scenes from the lives of Cyril and Methodius, missionary brothers sent by a Byzantine emperor to the Slavs of the Moravian region in the 9th century AD. They encouraged the spread of Christianity and culture by translating books of the Bible into the Old Church Slavonic language understood by ordinary Slavs, and by devising Glagolitic script, a Slavic alphabet used to transcribe them. D0368.A4384

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