Mourner places comforting arm around shoulders of dying Byzantine theologian and missionary Saint Methodius (815-885 AD), in vivid 1930 stained glass by influential Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha in the New Archbishop’s Chapel in the Cathedral of St Vitus in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic / Czechia. The full window, an allegory of Christ blessing the Slavic nations, features scenes from the lives of ‘Apostles to the Slavs’ Methodius and his brother Cyril, as well as Czech patron saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, and his grandmother, St Ludmila.
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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, Hradčany, Prague, Czechia / Czech Republic
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Prague, Czechia / Czech Republic: a mourner places a comforting arm around the shoulders of Byzantine theologian and missionary Saint Methodius as he dies in 885 AD at Velehrad, Moravia, in this detail of vivid stained glass designed in 1930 by influential Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha for the Gothic window of the New Archbishop’s Chapel in the Cathedral of St Vitus. The full artwork, installed in 1931, is an allegory of Christ blessing the Slavic nations. The central panels feature Czech patron saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, depicted as a boy kneeling in prayer with his grandmother, St Ludmila, and also scenes from the lives of ‘Apostles to the Slavs’ Cyril and Methodius, brothers sent by a Byzantine emperor to the Slavs of the Moravian region. The two ‘Apostles to the Slavs’ 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 that was used to transcribe them. Alphonse or Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939) was a prolific painter, illustrator and graphic artist. He lived in Paris in the Art Nouveau period, producing illustrations, advertisements, decorative panels and designs. He was best known at that time for his stylised theatrical posters of French actress Sarah Bernhardt. After returning to his homeland aged 43, Mucha devoted himself to painting his Slav Epic masterpiece, 20 monumental canvases depicting the history of the Slavic people that are now in the National Gallery in Prague. D0368.A4388.R