We would like to introduce you to Ludmila Kvapilová, Auctionata Expert in Religious Art, Medieval and Renaissance Wood Sculpture.
Ludmila Kvapilová discovered her passion for medieval art and architecture during her childhood. Her father was especially interested in medieval fortresses and mysterious ruins and regularly took his daughter on discovery tours. Those journeys sparked her passion for art, which is why the expert decided to study art history.
During her studies, it became obvious that her enthusiasm for three-dimensional art of sculpture surpassed her interest in two-dimensional genres. Kvapilová was particularly moved by sculptures made of stone and wood and thus, she specialized on this area of expertise of art history. As a student, she started to work as an appraiser for the catholic church, the Office for the Preservation of Historic monuments and for restorers.
Kvapilová attended a seminar in Prague, held by Professor Jaromír Homolka, the renowned art historian for medieval sculpture, and it was here where she decided to specialize in the same field of expertise. The beautiful Madonnas and vesper pictures created in the 14th century in the Cathedral workshop evoked such fascination for the expert that she decided to follow them on research expeditions through Austria and Germany.
Those research trips through Southern Germany inspired the expert to write two books and numerous articles on late Gothic sculptures, such as “Madonna Colli in the Liebieghaus sculpture museum in Frankfort on the Main”, published in 2014 in the exhibition catalog “Council of Constance”, as well as the monographic study “Stone sculpture around 1400 in the Upper Palatinate”, published in 2010 in the “proceedings of the historic association for the Upper Palatinate and Regensburg“.
One of her most significant discoveries was a larger than life Madonna sculpture she had found in the Tyrolean State museum's depot in Innsbruck and the expert was a significant part in its attribution to a Franconian sculptor. The article “From a single source. The Madonna in the Tyrolean State museum Ferdinandeum” has been published in 2009 in the “scientific yearbook of the Tyrolean State museum”. Another discovery was an early Christus Salvator depiction she examined during the excavations on the Minorite monastery area in Regensburg. The sculpture turned out to be a rare descended nonfinito, a discarded object made by the Regensburg Cathedral workshop.
Ludmila Kvapilová lives and works in Berlin.