Obraz a kult v Čechách 17. a 18. století
[Image and Cult in the Czech Lands in the 17th and 18th Centuries]
paperback, 480 pp., 2. edition
published: april 2011
recommended price: 385 czk
Jan Royt - a prominent expert on the arts history of the Czech Lands in the Middle Ages and on Christian iconography - presents the theme of the relation of image and cult in the Baroque-time Czech Lands in the time range delimited by the gradual renewal of the medieval cult of devotional images and statues, which in the Bohemian Crown Lands occurred at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries and which lasted until the 1790s. The scholar focuses mainly on the genesis, typology and iconography of miraculous (devotional) images and statues and their "migration" but he also carefully follows the expressions of veneration of these "miraculous" images in places of pilgrimage, particularly in churches, and describes in great detail the festivities related to the devotional statues and paintings - their coronation or transfer to different places or their discovery. He is also interested in the approval "administration" of the devotional image. When examining the cult of Marian paintings, he transgresses the border of the Baroque Czech Lands covering their veneration in Central Europe. The final chapters, presenting the ways of spreading the devotional images, contain also the state interventions during the reign of Joseph II, which were intended to suppress the veneration of the devotional (miraculous) images.
The second edition, with its revised graphical layout and content, contains a new chapter on devotion in the Middle Ages, a list of photographs and an editorial note. The texts, bibliography and indexes were updated and the pictorial supplement underwent a marked extension as well.
Prof. PhDr. Ing. Jan Royt, PhD. (1955)
Having graduated from the Agricultural University in Prague (1974-79), he completed his studies of the history of arts at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (1979-83) and then worked (1984-90) as an editor of books on arts history in the Odeon Publishing House. In 1990, he became a lecturer at the Institute of the History of Arts, Charles University, in 1997, he was conferred a degree of a senior lecturer (Image and Cult in the Czech Lands in the 17th and 18th Centuries) and in 2004, he was conferred the degree of a professor of Charles University. Since 2006, he has been the director of the Institute of the History of Arts, CUFA, Prague; he also teaches at the Catholic Theological Faculty, CU, at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem. He is a member of the scientific councils of Charles University in Prague, CUFA in Prague and UJEP FA in Ústí nad Labem.
His scope of interest covers older art, from the Early Christian era to the end of Baroque, focusing mainly on medieval painting and Christian iconography. He participated in many international and domestic exhibition projects, such as Hl. Johannes von Nepomuk 1393-1993; Master Theodoricus; Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God. He has written several monographs, of which the Karolinum Press has published his Image and Cult in the Czech Lands in the 17th and 18th Centuries (1999); Medieval Painting in the Czech Lands (2002) and a Dictionary of Biblical Iconography (2007). He has published more than two hundred papers in domestic and foreign journals.