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Votive Panel of Jan Očko of Vlašim

Votive Painting of Archbishop Jan Očko of Vlašim

Votive Panel of Jan Očko of Vlašim

The Votive Panel of Jan Očko of Vlašim is a Gothic panel painting made in medieval Bohemia. The panel was painted for the Prague archbishop Jan Očko of Vlašim who is depicted kneeling before St. Adalbert of Prague in the lower part of the picture. 

The panel was initially placed in the chapel of Roudnice Castle, which belonged to the bishops and archbishops of Prague. The chapel was consecrated in 1371, and this is the probable date of this picture.

The painting is divided into two parts. In the upper part is the Virgin sitting on a throne with the infant Jesus.

They are adored by kneeling Emperor Charles IV and his son King Wenceslaus IV. St. Sigismund of Burgundy stands behind Charles IV, while St. Wenceslaus of Bohemia stands behind the young king as his patron.

In the lower part of the panel is the donor portrait in which other Bohemian (Czech) patron saints are watching the kneeling Archbishop Jan Očko of Vlašim who is adoring St. Adalbert, his predecessor in the post of Bishop of Prague.

Votive Panel of Jan Očko of Vlašim

  • Title:                     Votive Panel of Jan Očko of Vlašim
  • Czech:                  Votivní obraz Jana Očka z Vlašimi
  • Artist:                   Unknown
  • Year:                     1371
  • Medium:              Tempera on limewood
  • Dimensions         181 cm × 96 cm (71 in × 38 in)
  • Museum:              National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

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Photo Credit: 1)Theodoric of Prague [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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