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Milena Bartlová Royal Art and the State of Czech Medieval Art History Studies as of 2010

2010 saw the publication of two sizable volumes containing many years of work by prominent Czech medievalists – JIŘÍ KUTHAN, The Royal Work under Georg of Poděbrady and the Jagelllon Dynasty; KLÁRA BENEŠOVSKÁ (ed.), The Royal Wedding 1310 (Prague City Gallery exhibition catalogue). After a recapitulation of the contents of both books the procedural methodology of both researchers (or the editors and their chief co-workers in the case of the exhibition catalogue) comes under criticism. It turns out that both share a similar approach involving their specific treatment of literature and particularly their antiquated method of working with historical sources. The most critical element involves their lack of attention to more recent historiographical literature and ignorance of basic approaches to cultural history. These features are shared by a considerable segment of Czech medieval art history studies.

Milena Bartlová Two Monumental Publications Marking the 700th Anniversary of Birth of Charles IV in Current Czech Politics of History

This contribution compares two voluminous books which were published to mark the 700th anniversary of birth of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 2016. The author analyses their structure, content, methods used, and their relation to current streams in Czech politics. Despite numerous differences, both books share certain focus on self-celebration of power and symbolic values of the ruler and the Church. This is probably largely due to the fact that as a set of available sources, surviving works of art would lend themselves to alternative representations only with difficulty.