The one-of-a-kind large-format publication entitled “Epos”, by Jan William Drnek - responsible, along side his team of experts, for digitising the entirety of Mucha's Slav Epic - was presented, on Saturday, at a grand ceremony of the Orthodox Church, Constantinople Archbishop and Orthodox Patriarch, Bartholomew I.
Presented during the celebration of St. Andrew's Day
The ceremonious occasion took place on 30.11.2019, the day traditionally dedicated to the Feast of St. Andrew, the first of the apostles. The spectacular celebrations took place, as tradition dictates, in the Patriarchal Church of St. George in the Fanar district of Istanbul. As part of the ecumenical exchange of greetings, in connection with the feast of the patron saints, a delegation of prominent ambassadors of the Roman Catholic Church visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Thus, the important unifying act was emphasised in the ecumenical dialogue of the two sister churches.
The unique publication unveiled at the symbolic event
The presentation of "Epos" resonated with the distinctive festive atmosphere of this magnificent religious event. The publication attracted enormous interest from all concerned and was highly received by the public. A testament to the book’s exceptional design and unique nature.
Slavic symbolism of the work
Jan W. Drnek said he felt extremely honoured with the opportunity to present his work at this level. The symbolism of Mucha's work interconnects Czech national history with the Slavic legacy and, furthermore, recalls the role of Orthodoxy in shaping the spiritual-cultural development of the community of the Slavic nations.