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8 Jan 2019 18:30

Prague and Innsbruck: the Cultural Patronage of the Archduke Ferdinand II

A talk by Caroline Cannon-Brookes, art historian, trained at the Courtauld, teacher at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. She has led many tours to the Czech Republic to which she is a regular visitor.

Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) was Regent of Bohemia for twenty years in the middle of the 16th century. Born the second son of the future Emperor Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia, he was highly educated and a cultivated humanist who established a sophisticated court in Prague, which embraced both the Habsburgs and the Czech nobility. He oversaw renewals to Prague Castle and the Cathedral, and promoted the Renaissance style. This is to be seen in the star-shaped Hunting Lodge Hvĕzda outside Prague, which he is reputed to have designed. Following in the Habsburg tradition, the Archduke assembled an important library and formed a great collection of portraits, armour and a cabinet of curiosities which he took with him when he moved to Schloss Ambras in the Tyrol in 1567. These collections undoubtedly served as an inspiration for his nephew, the Emperor Rudolf II, who subsequently acquired them.

Price £15 including a glass of wine. Online booking: www.czechfriends.net

To pay at the door please notify The Friends of Czech Heritage at events@czechfriends.net

The event is organised by The Friends of Czech Heritage in cooperation the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
The lecture was originally planned for 20th November 2018 and was postponed as a result of a Czech ministerial visit.


Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY


8 Jan 2019 18:30


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