Michal Vitanovský

Michal Vitanovský

(3. 5. 1946)

Michal Vitanovský ranks among the most significant and at the same time the most often employed authors of Czech commemorative medals and coins. He has produced over one hundred minted works. Together with seven hundred cast artefacts he has produced a work of a remarkable scope. Since the 1990s he has been also working on the production of insignia: mayor’s, dean’s or chancellor’s chains, keys to the city, etc. He is the author of the highest state order of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion. Until 2004 he regularly exhibited his work at the exhibitions of the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM). Michal Vitanovský is not only an important sculptor and medal designer, but also an author of professional texts, disputations and essays. He founded the irregularly published AUM periodical (a magazine of the Association of Medal Artists) which he issued it for several years as the editor-in-chief and owner and to which he contributed witty observations. His articles also regularly appear in the Czech numismatic magazine Mince a bankovky (Coins and Banknotes). Vitanovský’s favourite hobbies include the study of history and heraldry in which he has been interested since his youth.

Michal Vitanovský was born in Klatovy. He studied the Secondary Technical School of Fine Arts in Prague, then he enrolled at the College of Applied Arts in Prague in the studio of professor Jan Kavan. The artist now lives and works in Prague.

 

INTERVIEW


You are the author of the most important Czech state order, the Order of the White Lion. When you were designing it, you were bound by strictly defined parameters with which you had to comply …
That is true. It is a relatively conservative discipline. If the limits are strictly defined, I try to stretch them as far as possible while staying within the rules and to put my own creativity within the restricted space. I would be bored if I had to keep too much within these tight limits. The Order of the White Lion is moreover a collection of several models: the jewel, the star and the chain, therefore you could find some free space in each one of them.

History is your great source of inspiration. Which period is the closest to you?
It is a good question. For about a half of my life I preferred the Middle Ages but in the last ten years I have focused on the Renaissance and the Baroque. Therefore the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Yes, history is important for me. I will also add that I am a conservative and I find it more interesting to study the seventeenth century in an archive than to read today’s newspaper. However, people are, of course, very similar, I do not want to pretend that the politicians were better then.

You have made many diverse medal designs, is there any curio among them?
It is a medal which was produced by my friend Anselm Roskovec, who teaches engraving of coin dies at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Jablonec nad Nisou. He kept urging me for a long time to make the coat of arms of the House of Vitanovský. As he kept urging me, I thought I would do it and I would see how he could handle it. And the way he produced the design is really a technical masterpiece. It is a bimetallic medal, in which he had to insert a complex-shaped semi-finished product made of one metal into another metal. My colleague assured me that he had coined only a single piece in this form. The other medals are of a classical coinage.

The medal reads: Vitanovský of Vlčkovice. Is it a coat of arms of your ancestors?
In order to relax I sometimes study genealogy in the archives and I found that it was a family of lower nobility. The first written records mentioning it date back to the mid-fifteenth century. I do not have any proof of a direct lineage but some circumstantial evidence suggests it, therefore I say that there is a 70% probability.

Another artworks prepared by Michal VitanovskÝ

VÁCLAV THÁM – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x zlato Proof... 250 000 Kč
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VÁCLAV THÁM – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 34m... 2 785 Kč
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VÁCLAV THÁM – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 1 O... 8 900 Kč
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RUDOLF II. – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada 3x zlato Proof... 250 000 Kč
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RUDOLF II. – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 34mm... 3 250 Kč
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RUDOLF II. – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 1 Oz... 8 900 Kč
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Pražská mincovňa - zlato 1/2 Oz Proof... 28 750 Kč
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Pražská mincovňa - zlato 1 Oz Proof... 49 475 Kč
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Pražská mincovňa - striebro 28mm Proof... 990 Kč
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Pražská mincovňa - striebro 1 Oz Proof... 1 990 Kč
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Pražská mincovňa - Meď 1 Oz bk... 199 Kč
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Polyxena z Pernštejna - 450. výročí narození zlato b.k.... 25 950 Kč
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Polyxena z Pernštejna - 450. výročí narození stříbro pa... 1 790 Kč
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PETR VOK Z ROŽMBERKA – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada 3x zl... 250 000 Kč
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PETR VOK Z ROŽMBERKA – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada 3x st... 3 380 Kč
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PETR VOK Z ROŽMBERKA – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada 3x st... 8 900 Kč
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Milada Horáková - zlato 1/2 Oz Proof... 24 900 Kč
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Milada Horáková - striebro malá Proof... 590 Kč
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Markéta Luxemburská - 700. výročie narodenia Au bk... 25 950 Kč
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Markéta Luxemburská - 700. výročie narodenia Ag patina... 1 990 Kč
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Ludvík Očenášek - 145. výročí narození stříbro patina... 1 790 Kč
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Johana z Rožmitálu zlato 2 Oz Proof... 185 000 Kč
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Johana z Rožmitálu 50 mm striebro Proof... 3 590 Kč
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Jitka Lucemburská - 700. výročí narození zlato b.k.... 25 950 Kč
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Jitka Lucemburská - 700. výročí narození stříbro proof... 1 790 Kč
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JIŘÍ TRNKA – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x zlato Proof... 250 000 Kč
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JIŘÍ TRNKA – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 34mm... 3 250 Kč
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JIŘÍ TRNKA – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 1 Oz... 8 900 Kč
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Heliodor Pika - zlato 1/2 Oz Proof... 24 900 Kč
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Heliodor Pika - striebro 28 mm Proof... 590 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku III. - žeton... 50 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku III. - Cu... 299 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku III. - Ag Proof... 1 650 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku III. - 20 mm Au Proof... 6 950 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku III. - 1 Oz Au Proof... 55 600 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku Cu... 299 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku Ag Proof... 1 650 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku 20 mm Au Proof... 6 950 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku 1 Oz Au Proof... 55 600 Kč
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ČT-Chaloupka na vršku - žeton... 50 Kč
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ČT - Chaloupka na vršku II. - žeton... 50 Kč
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ČT - Chaloupka na vršku II. - Cu... 299 Kč
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ČT - Chaloupka na vršku II. - Ag Proof... 1 650 Kč
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ČT - Chaloupka na vršku II. - 20 mm Au Proof... 6 950 Kč
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ČT - Chaloupka na vršku II. - 1 Oz Au Proof... 55 600 Kč
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Cyprián Karásek zo Lvovic - 500. výročie narodenia stri... 1 790 Kč
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Bitka pri Malešov - 590. výročie zlato bk... 25 950 Kč
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Bitka pri Malešov - 590. výročie striebro patina... 1 790 Kč
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Alois Eliáš - 28 mm stříbro Proof... 590 Kč
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Alois Eliáš - 1/2 Oz zlato Proof... 24 900 Kč
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Alois Eliáš - 1 Oz zlato Proof... 45 175 Kč
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Alois Eliáš - 1 Oz stříbro Proof... 1 990 Kč
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Alois Eliáš - 1 Oz Měď b.k.... 199 Kč
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2019 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - sada Au... 106 800 Kč
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2019 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - sada Ag... 6 606 Kč
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2019 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - 5 dukát Au... 28 450 Kč
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2019 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - 5 dukát Ag... 1 554 Kč
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2019 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - 10 dukát Au... 56 475 Kč
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2019 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - 10 dukát Ag... 4 030 Kč
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2017 - Proof -Svatoanežské dukáty - 1 dukát Au... 7 290 Kč
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2017 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - 2 dukát Au... 15 950 Kč
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2017 - Proof - Svatoanežské dukáty - 2 dukát Ag... 1 021 Kč
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