The sketch in oil was painted by Jan Matejko in around 1874 as a preliminary study for his iconic work Prussian Homage and offers a fascinating insight into the artist's creative process.
Starting in 2015, Ireneusz Rolewski’s stunning end result is a painting that is 13 cm higher than Matejko's original, giving it massive dimensions of 440 cm high by 987 cm wide.
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.
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 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”.