At the beginning of this year restoration of the ancient monastery of St. George in?
At the beginning of this year restoration of the ancient monastery of St. George in Prague, Czechoslovakia was completed, after two years of detailed reconstruction and rehabilitation work.
The monastery is linked with the Basilica of St. George, which was founded in 973 A.D. and through its long history has suffered the ravages of fire, neglect and dilapidation. The recent work was undertaken both to restore and maintain the building as an architectural masterpiece and also to provide a permanent home for the National Gallery's collection of Czech Old Masters.
The Old Masters housed in the monastery consist of paintings, sculptures and reliefs dating from the 13th to the 18th century. The ground floor and basement are devoted to the gothic period, while baroque works of art are displayed on the first floor.
The new exhibition has aroused considerable public interest. Since the opening day six weeks ago it has been seen by over 100,000 people.
SYNOPSIS: The Basilica of St. George in Prague, Czechoslovakia is the mother church of an ancient Benedictine monastery that has recently been renovated and restored to house one of the country's most important art exhibitions - the National Gallery's collection of Czech Old Masters.
The recent work was undertaken both to restore and maintain the building as an architectural masterpiece and also to provide a suitable setting and conditions for the preservation of the National Gallery's magnificent collection. These exhibits date from the gothic period and nearly all of them depict various aspects of the Christian religion.
This richly painted and illuminated triptych - a three - panelled altar-piece made of wood - shows the Virgin Mary surrounded by other biblical personalities.
A 17th to 18th century painting by the Czech artist Jan Kupecky showing Karel Brunni, painter of miniatures -- and another from the same period by Peter Brandl entitled "Simeon with the Infant Jesus".
This exquisite relief depicts the agony of the disciples after the crucifixion and is entitled "The Lamentation of Christ".
Another example of medieval art - a Madonna and Child flanked by screen sections showing episodes in the life of Christ. Since the exhibition opened six weeks ago it has been seen by over 100,000 people.