Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437 - - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

Series Information
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Prague Castle Administration  

Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437

  • Edited by Barbara Drake Boehm and Jirí Fajt
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   Won Honorable Mention for the 2005 George Wittenborn Memorial Award sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Received honorable Mention for the 2005 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award given by the Art Libraries Society of North America

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice Magazine

This beautiful book celebrates the remarkable flowering of art in Prague during the reigns of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and his two sons, Wenceslas IV and Sigismund. When crowned king of Bohemia in 1347, Charles vowed to make Prague the cultural rival of Paris and Rome. He rebuilt its castle and began a massive building campaign to glorify Saint Vitus’s Cathedral. In the ensuing century, Prague became not only an imperial but also an intellectual and artistic capital.

In essays and detailed entries on some 240 artworks drawn from American and European collections, an esteemed group of scholars traces the birth of a distinctly Bohemian art in Prague in the mid-fourteenth century and its diffusion throughout Europe over the next hundred years. Panel paintings, goldsmiths’ work, sculpture, stained glass, and illuminated manuscripts bear witness to the wide-ranging achievements of the hundreds of artists who were active in Bohemian lands during this spectacular century. Not since they were created have these magnificent objects been accorded the attention that they deserve on an international stage.

Barbara Drake Boehm is Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jirí Fajt teaches at the Technical University in Berlin.


Bass Museum of Art, Miami (July 23 - October 2, 2005)

Prague Castle, Prague (February 16 – May 21, 2006)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (September 20, 2005 – January 3, 2006)