History of Italian Culture Institute in Prague are inherently connected with the history of the Italian population and infiltration into Central Europe and especially in Prague, which started to occur after mid thirties XVI century.
In this sense, played a significant role in the Italian minority in Prague and the Jesuits at St.. Clement in the second half of the 16th Century, which laid the foundation for the emergence of the Chapel, and the Italian congregation Vlašského hospital.
Regarding the history of the Italian congregation in Prague, founded in 1573 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, very interesting is both text (part of the books of the Italian Cultural Institute) lectures prepared by Dr. Zdenek Kristen at a conference held on 6th May 1947 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague (History of the Italian congregation in Prague), both articles by Anna Bortolozzi (Archivist) wrote not only about the history of this institution, but also the history of archives and the description of the archives of the Italian congregation.
Both authors present the results of a detailed and intensive research and development of the Congregation and its headquarters, now the seat of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague, which are closely associated with historical events that occurred since the second half of XVI century.
However, the close linkage between Italy and the Czech Republic shows not only the permanent presence of Italian merchants, master builders, soldiers and adventurers from the XVI century, but also the presence of Italian artists and intellectuals in Prague, which includes the first philosopher Giordano Bruno.
In addition, many Italian authors already in the XV. century have expressed interest in Bohemia and Central Europe, and began to write about them, as evidenced by the article Bohemia and Central Europe italskýma eyes.
Articles Bohemia and Central Europe italskýma eyes, the Italian minority in Prague and the Jesuits at St.. Clement in the second half of the 16th Century, the emergence of the Chapel, and the Italian congregation Vlašského hospital, Italian artists and thinkers in Prague are in the exhibition catalog, Bohemia, Italy: Italy, Czechs and Italians in Prague 1600-2000, organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the National Library of the Czech Republic in Walnut Chapel from May 18 to June 15, 2000.
Each article is accompanied by a translation into Czech.
Other articles contained in the brochure are the eyes of Czech intellectuals Italy and the Czechs are intimately acquainted with Italy.
Product authors Zdenek Hojda and Jaroslava Kasparov is available at the headquarters of the Institute.
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