Czech artist Alfons Mucha, perhaps best known worldwide for his oft-imitated Art Nouveau posters, was born 160 years ago this Friday. He showed an exceptional talent for drawing from an early age, and went on to find fame and fortune in Vienna and Paris, before settling in Prague. There, he turned his paintbrush to the Slav Epic, a gift to the city – and indeed the Czech nation – that took him nearly two decades to complete.

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