Mucha working on the Slav Epic canvases, 1924
© Bridgeman Art Library/Mucha Trust
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) spent many years working on what he considered his life's fine art masterpiece, The Slav Epic (SlovanskÃ¡ epopej), a series of twenty huge paintings depicting the history of the Czech and the Slavic people in general, bestowed to the city of Prague in 1928. He had wanted to complete a series such as this, a celebration of Slavic history, since he was young. From 1963 until 2012 the series was on display in the chateau in MoravskÃ½ Krumlov the South Moravian Region in the Czech Republic. Since 2012 the series has been on display at the National Gallery's VeletrÅ¾nÃ Palace.