With art forgeries being surprisingly common art dealers and museums are increasingly turning to science to check whether a painting is authentic. The fake-busting spectrometer worth over 1mln PLN is the National Museum in Kraków’s latest weapon in the fight against art fraud.
Stashed away by Germans during WWII, the History of Apollo and Daphne by Abraham Bloemaert disappeared after its hiding place was ransacked by Soviet soldiers. Considered one of the best examples of North European Mannerism, it was returned after a woman who tried selling it to a museum in Wrocław was taken to court in civil case.
PKO Bank Polski has made its art collection public at Warsaw’s National Museum where visitors enter through a dazzling gold corridor as if they were entering the bank’s treasury. The main exhibit room is steel grey like a safety deposit box.
The National Museum of Warsaw currently holds Poland’s largest collection of Picasso’s works, among them 20 ceramic plates of which 10 have gone on show.
The works by August Zamoyski, which have never been exhibited in public before, cover his sculpting career from very early carvings in Poland through to those completed just before his death in the south of France.
Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński announced on Monday that a red-figure lekythos dating back to the fourth century BC had officially been returned to the National Museum in Warsaw.
As well as showcasing rare collections from the National Museum in Warsaw, the ‘Shouting: Poland! Independence 1918’ exhibition, which starts today (October 26th), will also include hitherto unseen artwork from other cultural institutions.
Geldorp’s Portrait of a Lady had been in public collections in Warsaw from 1935 until the outbreak of WWII. It had been purchased by the city together with a collection of 94 other paintings.
Pablo Picasso, famous Spanish painter, during his stay in Poland in 1948, donated as a gift to The National Museum in Warsaw, some of his recently made ceramics.
A 17th century work 'Our Lady in a Garland of Roses', created by Roman painter Giovanni Battista Salvi, can be viewed from Thursday at the Europeum Centre for European Culture, a Branch of the National Museum in Kraków (MNK) (southern Poland).