Madonna of Jindřichův Hradec
One of the most remarkable mediaeval treasures that decorates the castle and chateau is the board painting of the Madonna of Jindřichův Hradec, dating back to the time after 1460. The work probably came into being as an expression of the revival of the Marian cult under the rule of Jindřich IV of Hradec, the highest burgrave of the Kingdom of Bohemia.
The central board of the painting shows Madonna with child on a golden background, with the four Evangelists. The board is set in a flat wooden frame with eight painted scenes from the life of St. Mary and Christ. The scenes are separated by the figures of the Prophets and inscription bands with abbreviations of prophecies, related to the scenes depicted.
The Madonna of Jindřichův Hradec is one of a larger group of South Bohemian Marian paintings from the time after 1450 that are based on style principles of an older period, and their overall concept is connected with the Madonna paintings of the “international style” of the Vyšší Brod type.