90-Year-Old Woman Transforms Little Village In Czech Republic By Painting Flowers Onto Houses By Hand
Jan 14, 2020
Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková spent her life working as a farmer in the small village of Louka, located in the Czech Republic. After retiring, she took up a new hobby based on the traditional Moravian arts: painting floral patterns in blue on the white-washed cottages in her village.
Even when she had reached her 90s, this talented woman kept on painting. She insisted that she only painted for her own pleasure; she never intended to achieve fame or money, as she told Czech media.
Sadly, Agnes passed on in March 2018. Thankfully, the mayor of the town declared that her paintings on the historic 18th-century church will be preserved in perpetuity in her honor.
The Moravians are a sect of Protestants. This particular brand of Christianity arose in the Czech Republic, in an area called Moravia, more than 500 years ago. Moravia originally converted to Christianity in the ninth century after two Greek Orthodox missionaries visited the region and translated the Bible into the local language. They split from the Catholic Church in 1457. A division of Moravians settled in the US in the 1740s and established the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth in Pennsylvania.
The traditional artwork of Moravians is usually described as Romanesque and involves making very intricate, highly detailed designs that usually incorporate floral patterns into their structure. These patterns often look like something that is printed or painted using a stencil, but they are drawn free-hand by talented artists.
Although Agnes stuck to using only blue paint for her wall decorations, most Moravian art is highly colorful, incorporating reds, greens, yellows, and black as well as blue pigments.istockphotos.com/RuslanDashinsky
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