Monument to the Fallen, Draženov, Domažlice District, Czech Republic

 The village of Draženov is situated about 5 kilometres from the West Bohemian town of Domažlice. Among its important landmarks built in the traditional local "Chode" style are the small holding which served as a local magistrate's office built at the turn of the 17th and 18th century, the grange which houses the local museum and the small Chapel of Holy Trinity. The Monument to the Fallen, which commemorates the local victims of World War I, was erected in the first half of the 20th century on the village green and is the work of the sculptors V. Bretschneider and P. Blažek. The monument was restored by expert workers from GEMA ART GROUP a.s. during 1999.

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Restoration of the Portrait of Empress Eleonore, Castle Hrádek near Nechanice, Czech Republic

The State Castle Hrádek near Nechanice in the Pardubice Region, built in the mid 19th century, is one of the newest aristocratic homes in what is now the Czech Republic. Due to its unique architectural style of Tudor Gothic the castle has been listed since 2001 as a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic.
The interior of the castle, open to the public, gives an example of the aristocratic lifestyle in the second half of the 19th century. The portrait of Empress Eleonore, wife of the Emperor Leopold I, which was the subject of expert restoration, is among a number of valuable items in the castle's art collection. The canvas of the portrait had been severely affected by mould and mildew and the need for immediate restoration was paramount. All work was carried out under the management of the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. and supervised by the National Heritage Institute.

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Statue of St John Nepomuk, Poběžovice near Domažlice, Czech Republic

The statue of St John Nepomuk in Mír Square has since 1995 been part of the urban conservation area of the town of Poběžovice. The statue, which dates back to 1682, is considered to be one of the oldest stone sculptures depicting St John of Nepomuk in the Czech Republic. It is the work of the famous Baroque sculptor Jan Brokoff and as such has considerable historic and cultural significance.

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Castle Račice near Vyškov, Czech Republic

This Renaissance castle is one of the important historic monuments of the small town of Račice in the Southern Moravian region of Vyškov. At the turn of the 15th and 16th century it was a major centre of aristocratic power for the whole of Moravia. Since 1959 the premises of the castle house a primary school, an apprentice training centre and a children's care home.
The castle had been in the past several times rebuilt and partially restored. The most recent restoration work commenced in 1998 but as the project did not comply with the requirements of the National Heritage Institute it had to be abandoned. Subsequent renovations were carried out under the management of the GEMA ART GROUP a.s., who was responsible for all restoration work on the Renaissance arcades and their sculptural ornamentation, the stone balcony, the fountain in the centre of the courtyard and the courtyard socle. The most demanding part of the of the project was the so-called "gallery restoration" procedure used by the experts to enhance fragments of the sculptures. This work was based on detailed evaluation of the shape and degree of preservation of each fragment in order to establish its place and aesthetic impact within the architectonic whole.

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