exhibition on crossbows and crossbowmen extended until the end of JuneLocation: National Museum’s new building, Vinohradská 1, 110 00, Praha 1
Where is the origin of the crossbow and why did it, at its own time, obtain the reputation of a contemptible or “diabolical” weapon? This and much more other questions will answer the exhibiton focused on medieval and early modern crossbows.
tile with the Hussite warriors, 15 century (detail)
This exhibition will present a survey of the history of material culture, provide new research and shows a selection of the artifacts from the National museum collection including the loans from 25 other museums and institutions.
It will be divided into three main sections: military crossbow and the arms and armour of crossbowmen, hunting crossbow as a luxurious product of the Renaissance and early baroque artistic craftsmanship and shooting competitions and feasts.