Saturday, August 14, 2010

which museum did i visit yesterday?

The Ales South-Bohemian Gallery.

The museum is located in the former Riding Hall of the Hluboka Chateau. It houses one of the most famous and most extensive collections of Gothic painting and sculpture in the Czech Republic.
During my visit, I was the only person in the museum (I think it had something to do with being right next to the castle).

It was nice to have the museum to myself. I spent a lot of time in the first hall that contained a collection of beautiful Gothic Madonnas carved out of wood. Pictures are not allowed in the museum (these photos were taken from their website) so I took time trying to commit the beautiful pieces to memory.

It's not that I'm a huge fan of Madonnas, but more the style of art- the carved wood, the paint colors, and the human depiction. They were breathtaking. The other halls contained a Karel Zlin exhibit and Dutch paintings from the 16th-18th century. I loved the museum.

Here are a few photos of Hluboka from my walk down from the castle.

I'm kind of falling in love with this city.


Mom said...

What fabulous & fascinating treasures you are uncovering off the beaten path. Enjoy it all!

abby try again said...

I can see why you'd fall in love :) I adore places where-instead of erasing the past lives of people-they preserve and share them. It really adds to the beauty of just normal everyday life! Can you imagine what those artisans could have created if religious limitations weren't put upon them? Although I guess one could argue the works were divinely inspired ;)
Thanks for taking us along with you...