SIGISMUNDUS REX ET IMPERATOR. ÚVAHY NAD VÝSTAVOU UMENIA ŽIGMUNDOVSKEJ DOBY
Sigismundus Rex Et Imperator. Reflecting on exhibition dedicated to the art of the era of the king Sigismund of Luxembourg
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The paper deals with the international exhibition project 'Sigismundus - Rex et Imperator - Sigismund of Luxembourg, Arts and Culture 1387-1437'. It presents the emperor, his life and activities in connection with the arts and culture. The historiographies of the Central European countries where Sigismund once ruled, considered both the monarch and his era often very emotionally and with the great differences. They also came into touch with the nationalist prejudices and the various ideological standpoints. The exhibition undoubtedly tried to anchor Sigismund of Luxembourg into European relations. In the separate chapters the exhibition presented Sigismund's residences, the culture of the King's court and its products, the Emperor‘s leading role in the European politics, his portraits and a political heritage. The ending part of the exhibition was dedicated to the arts of the King Sigismund's era in a broader meaning - to the arts of the International Gothic style. Presented artefacts often originated in the regions outside the center, in border regions of medieval Hungary, but in touch with Central European currents in sculpture, table and book painting, textile art, goldsmithery etc. The goal of this important part of the exhibition was to present Central European context and a specific territory of the Hungarian Kingdom within it. This section had clearly an art historical character and can be taken as the first specialized attempt to present the phenomenon of the arts around 1400 within the mentioned geographical boundaries. The exhibited artefacts and the catalogue descriptions brought into light many new attributions and datings for the art historians to deal with.
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