The beautiful cards depict what today we would consider fairly traditional seasonal scenes. But within the context of their times, depicting religious themes and symbols was revolutionary.
A German auction house has suspended the sale of a painting stolen from a Warsaw museum following protests from Poland.
Poland’s foreign minister has said that the sale in Germany of a painting stolen from Warsaw’s National Museum should never have taken place.
A Polish painting stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw has been sold at a Berlin auction house despite Polish requests that be withdrawn from the sale.
Expected to fetch between PLN 14 and PLN 22 million, which would have made it the most expensive artwork sold in Poland, the painting by Jacek Malczewski was being prepared for auction at the DESA Unicum auction house when police and staff from the National Museum arrived.
Said to be written by an SS officer in 1947, the letter is the first documentary evidence that Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man was transported at the end of the war from Kraków to Germany.
The staggering amount is one of the highest prices ever fetched at an art auction in Poland.
The beautiful works by 18th century artist Bernardo Bellotto include 22 views of Warsaw: Castle Square, Krasińskich Square, Żelazna Brama, Nowy Świat, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Miodowa and Długa.
The unique cloth paintings, composed of recycled materials from car factories, sewing workshops, upholstery warehouses and second hand clothes shops, include depictions of Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’, Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, a self-portrait of Frida Kahlo, and Da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’.
The joint Polish-Ukrainian exhibition entitled ‘Mummy, I don't want there to be a war’, shows drawings by today’s young Ukrainians and their experiences of Russia’s war alongside works by Polish children that were created in 1946.