Sunday, September 20, 2015

Frantisek Tkadlik

Three Angels (Drei Schutzengel)
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Frantisek Tkadlik (1786-1840) was a Czech portrait painter and draftsman. From 1817 to 1825, he served as Court Painter to the House of Czernin and overseer for their collection of paintings in Vienna. He maintained close contact with many Czech scholars, which deepened his nationalistic feelings. He became the first Czech to be appointed Director of the Art Academy.

He was the son of an innkeeper. Two of the boarders at his parents' inn were drawing teachers and they encouraged him in his desire to be an artist. He was enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts, later attending Charles University, where he studied philosophy. The National Revival in Bohemia had a decisive influence on his work. He came under the patronage of the Count von Chudenitz, which enabled him to continue his studies. After completing his work in Vienna, he received an Imperial Pension. He spent several years studying in Rome, where he was influenced by the Nazarene movement. He returned to Vienna in 1832, then moved on to Prague in 1836.