Tagged: Josef Václav Myslbek

Josef Myslbek was the pre-eminent academic sculptor of the Czech National Revival. His commissions include the four pairs of legendary figures which now stand in the grounds of Vyšehrad, the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha, and monuments to political figures including Palacký and Rieger. His crowning achievement is the magnificent equestrian statue of Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia.

Statue of František Rieger, Riegrovy sady

Statue of František Rieger, Riegrovy sady

Born in 1818, František Ladislav Rieger was from his student days a passionate advocate of Czech nationalism. His 1848 speech in Vienna won him the admiration of František Palacký, who was to become not only a firm friend...

Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Vyšehrad

Statue of Libuše and Přemysl, Vyšehrad

Přemysl and Libuše, Josef Myslbek, 1897 (copy) In the peaceful grounds of the ancient fort of Vyšehrad stand four monumental statues by Josef Myslbek depicting characters from early Czech mythology. One shows an allegorical couple, ‘Lumír and Piseň’...

Václavské náměstí: Statue of Saint Wenceslas

Václavské náměstí: Statue of Saint Wenceslas

Prince Václav I – known to the English-speaking world as ‘Good King Wenceslas’ – was one of Bohemia’s first Christian rulers. On 28 September in the year 929 (some say 935) he was murdered by his brother Boleslav...

Petřínské sady: Statue of Karel Hynek Mácha

Petřínské sady: Statue of Karel Hynek Mácha

This full-height bronze of the illustrious poet Karel Hynek Mácha was begun in 1910 (the centenary of his birth) and placed on Petřin Hill, not far from the writer’s birthplace on Újezd street, two years later. In the...

Náměstí Republiky 1090/5: Municipal House

Náměstí Republiky 1090/5: Municipal House

The Municipal House (Obecní dům) was built between 1905 and 1912 on the site of the former Royal Court as an official centre for Czech social and cultural affairs. When an open competition for its design produced no...