“Chess in Art”, the book by Peter Herel Raabenstein, is a remarkable contribution to literary treasures on history of art. It is a unique work as it is the first one of its kind, not only in our country but also within the global context. It consists of an ample collection of paintings dealing with the subject of chess, covering an incredible period of one millennium (1100- 1900).
At the beginning, there was an original idea which was followed by patient and systematic collecting of paintings, keeping the author busy for 10 long years.
The high-quality colour reproductions are accompanied by basic information about the creators of the originals from all over the world. Owing to the scope of this work, the author logically divided it into 2 volumes. The first one covers the period from 1100 to 1900, the second one the period from 1900 to 2000. In addition to producing such an extensive work, which is an admirable achievement in itself, the greatest impact of the book by Peter is the fact its contents, extent and layout will attract and satisfy not only the followers of chess and art, but also all readers with a sense of aesthetics. That is why it should not be missing on their bookshelves.
PhDr. Václav Procházka – Art historian