The Portraits of Julie Šafaříková and Her Mother by Amalie von Peter

Pages 54–66
Keywords Pavel Josef Šafařík (1795–1861) – Julie Šafaříková (1803–1876) – Susanna Ambrózy de Séden (1783–1840) – Amalie von Peter (1807–1853) – Czech National Revival – portrait painting – 19th century
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation SRŠEŇ, Lubomír. The Portraits of Julie Šafaříková and Her Mother by Amalie von Peter. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2013, 58(1-2), 54–66. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from:
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2013/58/1-2

This article introduces readers to the life stories of two women related to Pavel Josef Šafařík (1795–1861), a distinguished Czech historian, ethnographer and linguist of Slovak origin. These women were his wife Julie (1803–1876) and her mother, i.e. Šafařík’s mother-in-law Susanna Ambrózy de Séden (1783–1840), who came from the Slovak family Čaplovič of Jasenová. This is the first time that appropriate professional attention has been paid to their two portraits, which the National Museum acquired for its collections from Šafařík’s grandson in 1909 (reg. under numbers H2-7007 and H2-7008). They were painted in Prague in 1839 by Amalie von Peter (b. 28 June 1807, Memmingen, Germany – d. 3 November 1853, Prague), a Bavarian portraitist, one of the first European women painters to receive art education at an academy (Academy of Fine Arts, Munich), who worked in Bohemia from 1838 until her death. 

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