The exhibition is made possible in part by Carl B. and Ludmila Schwarzenberg Hess; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Transportation assistance has been provided by Czech Airlines.

The exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Prague Castle Administration.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437

September 20, 2005–January 3, 2006

Accompanied by a catalogue

Crowned King of Bohemia in 1347, Charles IV (1316–1378) sought to make his capital city—Prague—the cultural rival of Paris and Rome. The remarkable flowering of art that transformed the city into Bohemia's Gothic jewel is celebrated in this exhibition, a landmark presentation of some 160 stunning examples, including panel paintings, goldsmiths' work, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, silk embroideries, and stained glass. These little-known masterpieces attest to the wide-ranging achievements of the hundreds of artists affiliated with Prague and the Bohemian crown during the reign of Charles IV and his two sons, Wenceslas IV (1361–1419) and Sigismund (1368–1437). The exhibition draws on numerous collections in the Czech Republic as well as other European and American collections, and includes many works that have never been publicly shown.

Organized both chronologically and thematically, the presentation begins with the reign of Charles IV and focuses on several of the great artistic campaigns through which his capital city was transformed into a cultural showplace.

Related Exhibition

Josef Sudek and the Magic of Prague Cathedral is on view at the Czech Center in New York, located at 1109 Madison Avenue (September 22–November 4, 2005).