Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9788024613468 Published December 2009 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

Art-Nouveau Prague

Petr Wittlich

Petr Wittlich

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

135 pages | 100 color plates | 8 x 10 | © 2009
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9788024613468 Published December 2009 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1991, Prague has become one of Europe’s—and the world’s—most popular tourist destinations. As in London, Paris, and Rome, visitors flock to the gorgeous buildings and monuments that grace the streets of Prague, entranced by structures ranging from Gothic and baroque to cubist and neoclassical. And while hundreds of thousands stroll over the Charles Bridge and gaze up at the St. Vitus Cathedral each year, far fewer venture away from the crowds to seek out the countless gems of art nouveau peppered throughout Prague.

 

With Art-Nouveau Prague, Petr Wittlich—one of Europe’s leading experts on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture—tours those monuments and buildings of Prague representative of the art nouveau movement and offers insightful commentary on each. Along the way, Wittlich visits such sites as the Municipal House, the Wilson Railway Station, the Grand Hotel Europa, and works by sculptors František Bílek, Ladislav Šaloun, and Stanislav Sucharda.

 

An introductory essay by Wittlich emphasizing the role of art nouveau within contemporary currents of modern European art accompanies more than one hundred color illustrations of some of the most stunning examples of art nouveau architecture and decoration in existence, and a detailed bibliography provides additional reading for each of the sites displayed in the book. Art-Nouveau Prague is a must-have for those traveling to Prague for the first time or for anyone who appreciates or wants to learn more about art nouveau style.   

Contents

A Stroll around Art-Nouveau Prague

 

Industrial Palace

 

Hanau Pavilion

 

Sculptural Group at Vyšehrad

 

Provincial Bank

 

U Ceské orlice House

 

The Battle of Lipany Panorama

 

Museum of Decorative Arts

 

Prague City Insurance Company

 

Hotel Central

 

Peterka House

 

Robitschek Sepulchre

 

Trmal Villa

 

Villas in Bubenec

 

Apartment Buildings in Josefov

 

U Nováku Department Store

 

Prague Credit Bank

 

Apartment Buildings in U Prašné brány Street

 

Grand Hotel Evropa

 

Apartment Buildings on Masaryk Embankment

 

Topic House and Insurance Company Praha

 

The Municipal House

 

František Palacký Monument

 

Svatopluk Cech Bridge

 

The Main Railway Station

 

Jan Hus Monument

 

The Viennese Bank Association Palace

 

Kotera Villa

 

Leichter House

 

Štenc House

 

The Mozarteum

 

Bílek Villa

 

Šaloun Studio

 

New City Hall

 

"The Ice Palace"

 

The House U Cerné Matky Boží

 

Cubist Houses under Vyšehrad

 

Bibliography

 

Sites

 

Personages

For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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