Depicting a scene from the legend of Krystyna – written by the chronicler Jan Długosz in the 15th century – the 35cm x 47cm oil painting shows Bishop Stanisław castigating Bolesław for adultery whilst the monarch, resplendent in his armour and finery, glares from behind a billowing curtain.
In this episode of The Debrief, host John Beauchamp speaks to National Gallery curator Christopher Riopelle on the long-awaited exhibition of Matejko’s Copernicus in London.
Initially planned for last year but postponed because of the pandemic, the exhibition is the National Gallery's first presentation of a painting by a Polish artist.
The artist’s epic 'Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God,' is to go on display from May 21, along with a 1543 copy of Copernicus's 'De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,' (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres).
Measuring 13-metres high, costing nearly 14 million PLN to restore and with some piece weighing as much as 250kg, the 15th century altarpiece, the full name of which is the Altar of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding works of Gothic art in Europe.
Despite the economic downturn, sales of art have continued to exceed all expectations according to a report by Artinfo.pl.
The 6 m wide by 3.5 m high painting in the city’s Rue de Montmorency, shows street artist Pascal Boyart’s "Pensées du bouffon rouge" (Thoughts of the red jester) which he calls a “reprise” of Matejko’s famous Stańczyk painting “with a few additions from our time”.
The 130x92cm oil on canvas of Professor Karol Gilewski disappeared for 100 years after it was shown at an exhibition of Polish art in Vienna. It reappeared in 2015 at an auction in Vienna’s Dorotheum where a private buyer purchased it for 280,000 euros.
"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.
As an artist, Józef Mehoffer was one of the main representatives of the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) modernist period around the start of the 20th Century, leading up to the restoration of Polish independence in 1918. His work spanned painting, book illustration, furniture design and stained-glass windows.