This hardcover book is in very good condition overall. The cover of the book is has a gilded title on the spine and front cover, no dust jacket is included. The cover has minor markings throughout, as well as some slight wear to some corners. The binding on the back is not completely tight, but the book is structurally fine. Inside, the pages of the book are without major issue and the artwork inside is in very good condition.
'In the Liechtenstein Gallery in Vienna there is a painting by Jan Kupecky which was long considered to be the work of the famous Spanish painter Velasquez. An artist whose work achieves such world-wide recognition certainly deserves a place among the great. In fact, Kupecky's paintings are to be found in all the more important galleries in Central Europe. In artistic merit they equal the greatest paintings of his time, and in all literature on art Jan Kupecky is placed among the foremost creators of Central European Baroque.
His paintings have lost nothing with the passage of time. On the contrary, his realism, simplicity and inspiration, his clear artistic mastery and human understanding, still impress one today more than any other work of art at the Counter Reformation period in Central Europe. The course of Kupecky's life, too, adds to the popularity of the artist's work. It reflects the sufferings of a restless man persecuted for his religion, who never in all his life enjoyed a sense of security, and had no lasting family happiness, remaining an introspective exile who wandered about Europe equipped only with his genius and his longing for human truth and peace of mind.'