Pallbearers: St Methodius carries the casket of his brother, St Cyril, in this scene from the Lives of Cyril and Methodius, designed in 1930s stained glass by renowned Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha for the New Archbishop’s Chapel in the Cathedral of St Vitus in Prague, Czechia / Czech Republic. The saints, missionaries to Moravian Slavs, encouraged Christianity by translating the Bible into a language understood by Slavs and by creating a Slavic alphabet to transcribe it. Alphonse or Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939) was a prolific painter, illustrator and graphic artist.

Pallbearers: St Methodius carries the casket of his brother, St Cyril, in this scene from the Lives of Cyril and Methodius, designed in 1930s stained glass by renowned Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha for the New Archbishop’s Chapel in the Cathedral of St Vitus in Prague, Czechia / Czech Republic.  The saints, missionaries to Moravian Slavs, encouraged Christianity by translating the Bible into a language understood by Slavs and by creating a Slavic alphabet to transcribe it.  Alphonse or Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939) was a prolific painter, illustrator and graphic artist. Stock Photo
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Terence Kerr / Alamy Stock Photo

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2CB6N2D

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28.7 MB (2.4 MB Compressed download)

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3872 x 2592 px | 32.8 x 21.9 cm | 12.9 x 8.6 inches | 300dpi

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22 July 2006

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Cathedral of St Vitus, Prague, Czech Republic / Czechia

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Prague, Czechia / Czech Republic: Saint Methodius helps to carry the casket of his brother Saint Cyril in this scene from the Lives of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the vivid stained glass designed in 1930 for the New Archbishop’s Chapel in the Cathedral of St Vitus by influential Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. The complete window, installed in 1931, is an allegory of Christ blessing the Slavic nations. It includes a female ‘Slavia’ symbol, Czech patron saint Wenceslas, in boyhood, praying with his grandmother, St Ludmila, as well as the scenes from the lives of ‘Apostles to the Slavs’ Cyril and Methodius, missionaries sent by a Byzantine emperor to the Moravian Slavs 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. 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. D0368.A4383

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