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Painted Glass - Alfons Mucha - St. Vitus Cathedral Prague
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With its graceful, soaring towers, the gothic St. Vitus's Cathedral (Chrám svatého Víta) in Prague - one of the most beautiful in Europe - is the spiritual heart of Prague Castle and of the Czech Republic itself.
The interior of St.Vitus Cathedral impresses with huge stained-glass windows, e.g. Alfons Mucha's flamboyance, depicting the blessing of Sts. Cyril and Methodius (9th-century missionaries to the Slavs). This soaring panel exemplifies the Art Nouveau decorative style, with its natural themes, bold yet soft colors, and mixture of straight and organic lines. Mucha achieved the subtle coloring by painting rather than staining the glass. Instead of sticking to a more traditional, tightly organized visual structure when creating the window, he used a montage of images that gives an expressionistic effect.
Alfons Mucha's gorgeous, unique work of art is something not often seen in a gothic church.
May 16th, 2012
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