The city has consistently been at the centre of European culture owing to both to its geographical location and to its history, as a place that boomed and flourished culturally in mediaeval times, during the reign of Emperor Charles IV, and again in the age of the baroque. Czech gothic and baroque art in particular are of great interest. This was one of the most successful exhibitions ever of Czech historical art. Czech visual art evolved continuously throughout the 19th century, but it made its next major creative mark during the period of Art Nouveau. Alfons Mucha was a Czech Art Nouveau artist who in the early 20th century was living and working successfully in Paris. An exhibition of the work of August Rodin and Edvard Munch was held in Prague in this period, and both artists had a powerful influence on the art scene.