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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
February 11, 2012
From journal Defense and guard fortress
by captain oddsocks
July 21, 2005
The promotional material says "a lyrical and dreamy soft form is characteristic of a considerable part of his works". Others might describe it as imprecise and wishy-washy. The style of painting seems to be whatever happened to be in vogue at the time; some of the earlier paintings being pointillist and impressionist, and the later ones having clear influences from cubism and expressionism. My two favourites were the pointillist landscape of Venice, and the picture of the church on Krasná Hora from 1945.
The gallery is made up of three connected rooms and the artworks are arranged chronologically. There is a small amount of information about the life of the artist, but it has not been translated for the benefit of foreign visitors, so perhaps the bus-groups don’t make it this far into the chateau. Zrzavý was born at Vadim near Havličkův Brod in 1890 and as a native of the Czecho-Moravian highlands felt at home in Telč and always aspired to have his paintings displayed there. Photographs of the artist show a smiling man with a full grey beard, no doubt pleased at having his pictures exhibited in the chateau.
The museum/gallery is closed every Monday and open on the other six days from 9am to 5pm. Photography is prohibited and the entry price is 30Kč for adults and 15Kč for students. Peeking over the shoulders of the art students sketching in the formal courtyard garden is free. Telephone 5672 43821.
From journal Telc; renaissance pearl of Southern Moravia
When wealthy landowner Adam I of Hradec passed away in 1550, his lands and fortune were inherited by his sons. Elder brother Jáchym took possession of the family chateau in Jindřichův Hradec, and younger brother Zachariáš chose Telč as his seat of residence. In the following year, Zachariáš was one of the Czech nobles who took part in an expedition to Genoa. He returned home inspired by the Italian renaissance and set about transforming the original gothic castle into a stately chateau suitable for the residence of an influential nobleman. Italian master builders were bought in to design and carry out the work.
The chateau is protected by high walls and accessible through a gate tower, in which is housed a ticket office. The interior of the chateau is accessible only as part of a guided tour and you will be offered two choices, Route A or Route B. having chosen your tour and bought your ticket, you’ll be admitted to one of the internal courtyards lined with graceful arcades and raised walkways to await the next guide. Route A is intended as the introductory tour and that was the one that I chose (80Kč-adults, 40Kč-students).
The tour group peeks into the two story cellars before passing through the painted room (1553) to a small chapel completely covered with rich relief sculptures, the highlight of which is a depiction of St George fighting the dragon. The grand library with its gold-leaf illuminated books and the theatre room with its richly decorated walls and collection of theatrical masks are next. Richly sculpted wooden-panelled ceilings are a feature of all rooms.
The most astounding room visited by Route A is the African hall. Early twentieth century owners of the chateau, the Leichtenstein-Podstatzký family were apparently avid hunters, as the hall contains dozens of wall-mounted trophy-busts. Crocodile, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, lion, leopard and buffalo hides all found their way to the hall between the years 1903 and 1914.
The knights’ (or marble) hall exhibits coats of arms weighing from 70-105Kg on a geometrically patterned marble floor from the early 1500s. The Golden Hall was a ballroom and has perhaps the most intricate of the carved renaissance ceilings. The carved ceiling of the Blue Room from 1561 was in such good condition that it needed only to be cleaned during the recent refurbishments.
The tour finishes back in one of the arcade-lined courtyards, and there was so much to see that I could have done the same tour again.
Open April-September from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. Closed Mondays.