29/07/2020 15/11/2020

Epic Polish painting to be exhibited at National Gallery in London

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"Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God," a painting by the Polish painter Jan Matejko, will be presented at the National Gallery in London in 2020, the gallery has announced.

This will be the National Gallery's first presentation of a painting by a Polish artist.

Matejko painted the enormous canvas (225 cm by 315 cm) in 1873 to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The painting will be on loan from Krakow's (southern Poland) historic Jagiellonian University, one of Europe's oldest, founded in the 14th century.

The gallery will also display a 1543 copy of Copernicus's "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium," (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres).

The National Gallery in London is the most important gallery in Great Britain and one of the most visited museums in the world. Its collections include around 2,300 paintings, mainly of Western European painters, from the mid-thirteenth century to 1900. Artists whose works are exhibited there include: Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Titian, Sandro Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Claude Monet, Diego Velazquez and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The exhibition will run from July 29 to November 15, 2020.