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International Museum Day

May 18 is the International Museum Day, which involves museums around the world. ICOM (International Council of Museums) - has chosen the theme "The Future of Museums: Renewal and Co-discovery" for 2021. The topic also refers to the digital transformation that the world of museums and galleries has undergone over the past year. Since their inception, eCollections have used digital tools to preserve, collect and present museum collections. Look through them at how the cultural legacy of the past connects with the digital future. New virtual exhibition  Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities presents works related to the predecessors of building collections in the time of Rudolfinian Prague. You can also create a virtual cabinet of curiosities inspired by this concept from objects published on eCollections. Register for free in the upper right corner of the web portal and add your favorites to the "My Items" section. What would your cabinet of curiosities look like?

Mother's day

We celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. This holiday was popularized in the 1920s by the founder of the  Czechoslovak Red Cross,  Alice Masaryková, the daughter of the first president of the Czechoslovak Republic,  Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk . The symbol of motherhood and the role of the mother has been depicted since time immemorial in the visual arts. The emotional bond between a mother and her child is one of the most common iconographic types of the  Virgin Mary, who holds her child, Jesus  in her hands. This motif has also been transcribed into modern sculpture. The statues of  Josef Mařatek ,  Ladislav Janouch  and  Jindřich Tockstein  depict the mother and child in various forms and materials such as marble, marl and glass. Portrait photography by Josef Váchal they capture not only the artist's relationship with his mother, but also her forms of aging. Václav Rabas also painted his mother's painterly portrait in the  Study of the Portrait of the Mother . The bond these artists have captured reminds us how important it is for a person to have respect for the dedication and care of motherhood.


eSbí– cultural heritage on-line

eSbí is the presentation portal used for searching and browsing digitized collection items of museum type. The system was launched under the patronage of National Museum in 2010. eSbí is connected to the European portal of the similar name