Art of theAnonymous Czech masters

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Art of theAnonymous Czech masters

Postby Galloglaich » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:39 pm

Many of the Czech masters are unknown to us because the Jesuits burned so many of their records in the 17th and 18th Centuries. However thankfully, we do have a lot of their art, which is beautiful, and while distinctly part of the Latin European tradition, has a distinct kind of surrealism which I find very appealing and unique. Many of them also provide us with useful insight into the armor and weapons of that part of the world for specific time periods.

These two are from the Grudziadz Polyptych, also believed to be by the Master of the Trebon altarpiece. These are also 1390's

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These are from the Trebon altarpiece itself


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May Magdelin, St Margaret, and Saint Catherine. St. Margaret appears to have a pet dragon.

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This is from the "Master of the Rajhrad Altarpiece, from around 1440

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of ... Altarpiece

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Note the striking face on the shield, a common tactic with Czech's in this period. Modern academics call this type of image apotropaic’ magic, like a gargoyle. I'm not certain that is the best way to describe it but it certainly would be unsettling in a fight.
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