exhibition RICHARD KLIMENT – SECRETS OF THE CATHEDRAL

– photography and artistic interpretation  /works from 2007 – 2012 /

– gallery Dooka, Husova 4, Prague, Czech Republic /3.12. 2012 – 30.1. 2013/

            The basis of the exhibition is a series of jewel decorations detail enlargements of St. Wenceslas Chapel in St. Vitus Cathedral, St. Wenceslas, St. Adalbert in Prague, and black-and-white photographs of Cathedral, being acquired continuously since 2010.

            Color prints were exhibited in 2007 in the castle Lipnice nad Sázavou, subsequently in Havlickuv Brod and in 2010 in Barrande natural science club in Prague. RnDr. František Skřivánek, the original discoverer of the site of gem mining, took the introduction. Some of the classic black and white photographs were presented at the exhibition „80th KFAŽ season“ in the gallery of the General Health Insurance Company. The file is attached by color photoprints of St. Wenceslas Chapel paintings and by fossils imprint details related to Karlstejn Castle and Charles Bridge. The photographs documenting some long-term effects in the care of Cathedral are complementing the exhibition/ photo in 2012 /.

 

            With regard to the fact that Charles IV spent his early childhood in seclusion at Křivoklát Castle, situated near the river Berounka, it is possible that he was influenced by local fairy tales that are involved by the giants and dragons. Their real background is in the abundance of fossils in the area. Tangible realities of these strange findings may have strengthened him in susceptibility to mysticism. And indirectly lead to the intention to build Karlstejn – in the spirit of the royal concept, as an ark waiting in the places marked by the biblical Flood on the final apocalypse according to the book of Revelation. And St. Wenceslas Chapel of St. Vitus Cathedral with its exclusive decorations as a place of initiation.

 

„Immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne in heaven, and one on the throne, who was to look like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne like an emerald rainbow… By your blood you allowed redemption of men before God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and made them a royal kingdom and priests to our God, and they take charge of the land ruling.“                         Rev. 4.2,3, 5.9,10

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… from the exhibition:

Prehistoric fossils and their role in Karlštejn and on the Charles Bridge

1. Chryzopras gem detail in gold-plated lining.  In the stone, there are visible particles of other materials. Used in the Chapel of St. Cross  at  the Karlstejn and in the St. Wenceslas Chapel.

2. “The world after the Flood.” Variations on a stairway cycle mural at Karlstejn. / And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the countries that all the highest mountains are covered. All that was breathing by the spirit of life, died. And Noah only remained. /Gen. 7, 19.22.23/ Mythological genealogy of Charles IV. begins by Flood and by Noah, who survived.

3. Photos of fossils imprint  from geological outcrop Budňanské skály  at the road near Karlstejn. / Size of imprint about 8 cm /

4. Photos of fossils imprint in the corner of stone block from Charlesbridge which was dredged in repairing the bridge in 2005 – 2010. / Size of stone approx 60x70x80 cm /.

5. “Dragon”. Variations on a painting from the Chapel of St. Cross at Karlstejn.  The fossil considered to be a dragon, dredged in the river Berounka, was let to be placed in this chapel under the altar by Charles IV. The dragon is associated with water and last Judgement / Spewed water out of his mouth … Angel took hold  of  the dragon and threw him into the abyss until thousand years  completed … Fire came down from heaven and devoured him. / Rev. 12.15. Rev. 20,2.3.9 /

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