In 2017, famous art collection The Slav Epic was digitised by photographer Jan William Drnek - an expert in large-format high-resolution photography. The result of this unique project is the high-fidelity reproduction of the famous Czech artwork, with every detail captured.
As a direct result of the photographic documentation, the next logical step was to publish the unrivalled work into an exclusive book. The colour and light fidelity to the canvases, combined with unique print technology results in an unequalled one-of-a-kind publication. The large-format book allows the reader to study the smallest details of Mucha’s work and presents The Slav Epic in a never-before-seen form.
Find out more information about this challenging photoshoot in an interview with Jan William Drnek and team from Fomei.
The colour and light fidelity to the canvases, coupled with unique printing technology, results in a one-of-a-kind book.
The size of an open double page replicates the size of the largest canvases from The Slav Epic - 610 × 810 cm.
A large-format book bound by hand.
The book consists of 336 pages, 80% of which depict the digitised canvases of The Slav Epic. The remaining 20% of the pages are devoted to informative, technical and supplementary texts.
A strictly limited production of only 200 books published. The buyer can choose both the number and language, either English or Czech, of their book.
The piece of gilded silver jewellery is the design of Alphonse Mucha’s grand daughter - Jarmila Mucha Plocková.
See how the jewel was designed and made.
The stones, present throughout history, are thematically linked to locations that appear on The Slav Epic canvases.
Would you like to know more about the meaning of these artifacts? See the video about stones included in the epos.
The Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the author, the project's patron, and the CEO of Albatros Media, incorporates fine wood fibres from the lime under which, according to legend, Jan Hus preached.
Look what is important to consider to make handmade certificate.
A professional magnifying glass with high quality optics allows you to view the canvases in a 1:1 life-size ratio.
Why is the magnifying glass important in this project? Find out in the video.
The book is housed in a refined case, that not only protects the book and its contents, but also functions as a stand to showcase the precious publication and its accompanying artefacts.
Find out more story about this case.