The end of World War I in 1918 meant a radical transformation of Central Europe: the multicultural space of former empires became divided into individual nation-states. This altered all spheres of life, deeply impacting the discipline of art history as well. The cosmopolitan vision of art history developed by figures from the Vienna School such as Franz Wickhoff and Alois Riegl was gradually replaced by new self-referential narratives. This nationalist tendency was reinforced by the division of Europe after World War II.
In the wake of Jiří Kroupa’s pioneering studies, this volume takes a truly transcultural approach to art produced in the Central European region from the 12th to the 20th century. Freed from national prejudices, a region shaped by the constant movement of people, ideas, and objects emerges.
- Ivan Foletti, Ondřej Jakubec, Radka Nokkala Miltová, Introduction. A Few Opening Historiographical Remarks
- Ivan Foletti, Jan Klípa, The Frescoes of the 12th-Century Rotunda at Znojmo: Between Historiography and Transcultural Perspectives
- Michele Bacci, Marian Icon Worship as a Medium of Transcultural Exchange in 14th-Century Bohemia
- Ondřej Jakubec, Radka Nokkala Miltová, Children of the Planets at the Rožmberk Castle in Bohemia: International Astrology and the Northern Renaissance in Central Europe
- Ulrich Fürst, Longitudinal Dome Church Buildings in Moravia and Bavaria: The Reception of a Building Type in Regional Centers of Central Europe around 1700
- Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, The Imperial Theme in Art and Architecture of the Polish Vasas
- Jan Galeta, Adrien Palladino, Dynamics of Re-Gothicization in 19th-Century Central Europe. The Church of St James in Brno: Local Preoccupations and Global Trends
- Alena Pomajzlová, Marcela Rusinko, “We’ll All Meet in the Same Pub”: Bohuslav Martinů, Václav Nebeský, and the Hidden Trace of Futurism
- Ondřej Jakubec, Jiří Kroupa: “A Sociologist of Vision” on the Path to a Historical Explanation of the Meaning of a Work of Art
- Index of Names
- Index of Places
Cover illustration: Giovanni Pietro Tencalla, View into the vault of the main nave, St. Michael’s Church, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 1673/76-1707.