The magnificent ornaments on them are the work of Czech noblewomen and members of the ruling Habsburg family. At least in part. “If we only took all the cassettes or the upper mass robes that Maria Theresa was to embroider, she would not be able to do anything else in her life. In the surviving letter, she admits that she took part in the embroidery of the garment, not that she made it all herself. ‘ explained the author of the exhibition Marie Kuldová from the National Monuments Institute.
It is said that Maria Theresa was willingly seconded by nuns from Sankt Pölten in Upper Austria. Other generations of the noble dynasty and Czech aristocratic families also took place. Forty exhibits, which demonstrably embroidered the hands of women with blue blood, gathered at the unique exhibition, which took three years to prepare.
Above the embroidery, the granddaughter of Maria Theresa and the only survivor of the ruling family, Maria Theresa Charlotte of Bourbon (1778 – 1851), forgot about the terror of the Great French Revolution. “In the 1930s, she stayed at Prague Castle. The exhibited cassula was perfectly embroidered with fish scales, this style was widespread in the folk environment in southern Bohemia, “Kuldová described.
Kasule, dalmatika and šatičky na sošku
There are 36 cassulas on display at the exhibition. “You are such a central liturgical garment. Furthermore, two pluvials, which are richly decorated cloaks, one Dalmatian, ie a robe intended for the lower clergy, and two dresses for the statue of the Virgin Mary of Mount Athos, “said the exhibition curator Ludmila Kotorová.
Do you know that …
- … the oldest in the exhibition is a blue cassule from the beginning of the 17th century with the emblem of the Lobkowicz and Dietrichsteins, it comes from the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Stará Boleslav?
- … the youngest is a 100-year-old cassette from the Rájec-Jestřebí chateau?
- … the largest number of exhibits comes from the 19th century?