In Michelangelo’s Shadow
The little Moravian community of STRILKY ( near Zlin) used to belong to Czech kings and Moravian governors. It has something very special to show the tourist- a baroque cemetery. Its original architecture and sculptures makes it unique not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Central and Eastern Europe.
The cemetery was built in the years 1730-1743 by the owner of Strilky Amand Antonin Petrvaldsky.
The sculptures were created by the Moravian artist Gottfried Fritsch who was a student of J. Rafael Donner of Austria. Fritsch spent some time in Italy where he admired and studied especially the works of Michelangelo. The cemetery also has some art work by Bl. Sturm of Holesov and Vaclav Frantisek Solnicky.
There are four large stone vases symbolizing the four last things of man: heaven, hell, death and last judgment. In front of the chapel there are large sculptures representing two angels. One of the angel heads is reminiscent of Michelangelo's David in Florence. Paintings inside the chapel were created by Jano Koehler and Jaroslav Veris.
The Strilky cemetery was proclaimed a national cultural treasure by the Czech government. It is open to visitors and guides will explain the art work in English, German, French and Italian.Marie Skritkova
Abstract by Marie Dolanska
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