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Czechs in the Northwest
Today we are learning a bit about Czechs in the American Northwest. My friend and historian Martin Nekola has been doing research on the Czech communities in the USA for many years. In cooperation with the Czech consulate general in Los Angeles, he recently finished a brochure about the Czechs in Northwestern states which is...
Czech, Moravian and Slovak Folklore Festival 2022
Today we are looking at lovely photographs from the 10th Czech, Moravian and Slovak Folklore Festival put on by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. This years festival took place May 14, 2022 in La Mesa, California and from the look of these beautiful photographs by Gabi Dibos (contact info at bottom), it was a success....
Czech illustrator Marie Fischerová-Kvěchová
Today’s post is about Czech illustrator Marie Fischerová-Kvěchová. The images below are from an old book of songs from 1925. The book is entitled, Folk Songs of Bohemia, published in 1925. A delightfully-produced collection of ten Czech love songs set to music with lyrics in English, including “Much Love”; “I Love You”; “Mariana”; “Frank”; “Johnny...
Czech Christmas Mass
Today we are bringing you a classic Czech animated film by Jakub Jan Ryba entitled Česká mše vánoční or Czech Christmas Mass, Hej mistře, with animated images by Josef Lada. It originally appeared on Czech TV in 1966. Beno Blachut, Jaroslava Vymazalová, Marie Mrázová, and Zdeněk Kroupa are the singers of the soundtrack of Czech...
Ivan Svatoš
Ivan Svatoš is a Prague painter and graphic artist. His works are represented in collections in the Czech Republic, but also in Germany, France, the USA and Japan. He mainly paints views of old Prague … He lives and creates in Prague. He graduated from the Václav Hollar Art School in Prague. In his work,...
Anton Raphael Mengs was a Neoclassical painter who gained a reputation as a great artist after painting his 1761 Fresco entitled Parnassus. This colossal work, which was commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Albani, occupied the center of the ceiling in the main hall of the Villa Albani in Rome. It was in this Fresco that Mengs...
Photo Lens: Marc Riboud's Prague
Marc Riboud was born in 1923 in Saint-Genis-Laval near Lyon. In 1937, at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, he took his first photos using a small vest pocket Kodak given to him by his father for his 14th birthday. In 1944, he joined the resistance in the Vercors. From 1945 – 1948 he studied engineering...
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In Prague’s historic Old Town (Czech: Staré Město), situated on the right bank of the Vltava river, lies the oldest surviving Gothic building in the city of Prague. This building, known as the Convent of Saint Agnes (Czech: Anežský klášter), was founded in 1231 by the youngest daughter of King Ottokar I, Agnes of Bohemia,...
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