In my last two posts Vysehrad and Vysehrad Fortress I asked the question, what makes Vysehrad so important in Czech history, although it looks like a normal and rather uninteresting Baroque fortress at the first glance. The cause of Vysehrad's fame is the woman in the photo: Princess Libuse -- the mythical founder of the Premyslids, the first Bohemian royal dynasty.
Legends about the Princess Libuse and his husband Premysl (the sitting man in the statue) first appeared in 11th century and since then they became a firm part of the Czech culture. You can find them in many literary works, art works, films and even music (e.g. Bedrich Smetana's opera Libuse, or symphonic poem Ma Vlast - Vysehrad). Simply put, Vysehrad, Libuse and Premysl have in the Czech culture the same place as Camelot, Merlin and King Arthur in Britain.
However, is Vysehrad really so old? Did the Princess Libuse and another first Premyslids really live here? I'll tell you next time.
Today's photo shows a statue of the Princess Libuse and the Prince Premysl created of sandstone by Josef Vaclav Myslbek in 1881-1895. The monumental sculpture was originally designed along with three others depicting persons from the Czech mythology for the Palacky Bridge. After they were damaged by the bombardment of Prague in 1945, they was repaired and moved to Vysehrad park. Unfortunately, except the one in the photo. Its damage was too serious and we can now see its copy only.
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kebek (5438) 2005-07-01 7:07
Serwus Marek !
You are the great Guide and Storyteller!
I like Your historical enthusiasm and I'm impressed by Your huge knowledge.
It is not easy to capture statues, but You did it well in superb natural ilumination with pleasent frame made by trees. I like warm colours.
poulinp (4528) 2005-07-01 7:27
Hi Marek. I'm not a fan of this kind of artwork shot but you did well with this one. The character seems to emerge among the trees. Good framing!
jhm (122444) 2005-07-01 8:33
A very great and interesting note, the statue middle in the green environment, the leaves above as wel as to the right hand and to the left side make this image very lovely.
Have a nice weekend,
huynt (5079) 2005-07-01 10:01
Golden light and sculture are very nice. Well composition. Thanks for sharing. huy
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-07-01 13:47
Again a classic and well working composition with the framing branches on top!Nice play of light and shadow on the sculpture,good perspective on the sulpture,comes along with a good and informative note.
alexlie (5359) 2005-07-01 14:46
Nice monument, you have a great light. Good composition too. Thanks for informative note.
chinchini (31529) 2005-07-01 15:56
Une très belle capture de cette statue dans une bonne composition de verdure.
J'apprécie la très longue note qui m'apprend beaucoup sur l'histoire de la Bohême.
Tue (25798) 2005-07-02 18:05
Thank you for this very interesting note and this nice picture. The framing is very nice and so is the light, well done!
singuanti (15250) 2005-07-03 0:11
Hi Marek. I really like the POV you went with. It certainly is helpful that the main part of the subject has the soft light on it as opposed to the shadows. The composition is well balanced with the tree braches coming in from above. Good job Marek and thanks for explaining it in your note.
Gdouble (5245) 2005-07-03 3:54
Hi Marek, very nice POV with a beautiful play of lights. Thanks for the huge and very instructive note.
- Copyright: Marek Prokop (MarekP) (4750)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-29
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Minolta Dimage Z2, Digital JPEG
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Corsica 2006
- Theme(s): Vysehrad [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-01 6:15