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.
VIDEO: Entitled ‘Forgotten Force: Art and Memory’ the collages, sketches and paintings are a poignant artistic interpretation of an oral history project completed earlier this year by the Piłsudski Institute in which six Polish women recalled their wartime memories and their later lives as refugees.
Weighing nearly 13 tons, cast in Kraków in 1520 by Nuremberg bellmaker Hans Beham, it was hung on 9 July 1521 in a specially erected defence tower of Wawel Royal Castle, known as the Zygmunt Tower.
The unique work entitled 'Chopin in the salon of Prince Antoni Radziwiłł in 1829' by master painter Henryk Siemiradzki went on display on Sunday at Nieborów Palace, near Łódź.
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.
Unveiled on Tuesday in the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in the Kraków’s Cloth Hall, Maksymilian Gierymski's 1872 landscape Winter in a Small Town is considered one of the most important pieces of Polish art.
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.
Used to decorate wall panels as an alternative to wallpaper, as upholstery for furniture and as a decorative covering for bags, boxes, chests and jewellery, gilt leather was once used to adorn the most luxurious noble interiors, including castles and palaces.
The plafond’s entry into the registry signals a remarkable turnaround in its fortunes. Despite its importance to Polish art and culture, the artist’s first ever large-format work depicting seven celestial nudes floating amid clouds and cherubs was only recently ‘rescued’ after an autumn auction was held to fund urgent maintenance work.
Through blending eye-witness commentary with cinema-style re-enactments, Katarzyna Kowalska’s documentary Polski El Greco (The Polish El Greco) which premieres Monday night, took four years to make and, says the director, “is the story of the struggle of two female inventors, unheard, unappreciated, who for many years no one wanted to take seriously. It is a story about the extraordinary passion of two young women who did not doubt for a moment what their intuition told them.”