Third Courtyard of the Castle, Prague

about 1937
Josef Sudek (Czechoslovakian, 1896–1976)


Image/Sheet: 38.6 x 29.7 cm (15 3/16 x 11 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print, toned

Not On View


Europe, Photography



We exhibited this with date “about 1928” in 20th Century Photography in 1984

Photographers caught in the wave of modernism sought fresh ways to translate the three-dimensional world into the two-dimensional photographic space. Josef Sudek lugged a large-format camera and tripod (despite having lost an arm in the First World War) around Prague to make hundreds of views of his beloved city. His cityscapes-like his still lifes, portraits, and nature views-have a quiet lyricism that led to his reputation as the “poet of Prague.” To make this image of the third courtyard of the city’s colossal castle complex, he climbed to the top of the nearby St. Vitus Cathedral. From that perspective, Sudek capitalized on the patterns of the people, light, and shadows across the tiled courtyard floor.


Verso: Inscribed: "Sudek", other Czech inscriptions crossed out


Artist; Wilhelm Schurmann; G.H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD; purchased March 1984.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund


© Anna Fárová