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Exhibition of One Painting. Paintings from the collection of the Kosciuszko ...

published: 2017-10-15 20:43:11, Culture Department
Exhibition of One Painting. Paintings from the collection of the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York - in Royal Łazienki
poniedziałki: 10.00 - 14.00
Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie - ul. Agrykoli 1 (mapa)
Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie
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Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie
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Three outstanding paintings from the collections of the Kościuszko Foundation in New York - "Kościuszko in West Point" by Bolesław Jan Czedekowski, "Lisowczycy Light Cavalry" by Józef Brandt, as well as "Gamrat and Stańczyk" by Jan Matejko - will be presented at Royal Łazienki. They are some of the most valuable artworks of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

It is organized by Royal Łazienki in cooperation with the Kościuszko Foundation in New York, whose long-standing activity focuses on cultural and educational exchanges between Poland and the United States. The exhibition, which is part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Tadeusz Kościuszko’s death, is under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Committee for UNESCO.

The works from the collections of the Kościuszko Foundation will be displayed at the exhibition of one painting in the Palace on the Isle (Dining Room). From October 19 to December 15, 2017, the audience will be able to contemplate the first painting, "Kościuszko in West Point" by Bolesław Jan Czedekowski. Later, the following paintings will be presented, in the respective order: "Light Cavalry Lisowczycy" by Józef Brandt (from December 15, 2017 to February 15, 2018) and "Gamrat and Stańczyk" by Jan Matejko (from February 15 to April 15, 2018).

"Kościuszko in West Point" is permanently on display above the mantelpiece in the Gallery of Polish Masters in the Kościuszko Foundation in New York. Bolesław Jan Czedekowski created the painting at the request of the Foundation’s Chairman, Stefan Mierzwa. The human-size figure of Tadeusz Kościuszko is presented in the uniform of a Brigadier of the American Continental Army from the American Revolutionary War. The chest of the commander-in-chief is decorated with the order of the Society of Cincinnati, to which he belonged. In the background, one can see Fort Clinton by the Hudson River. Czedekowski visited West Point several times to learn about the topography of the terrain and see the personal belongings of Kościuszko, which have been preserved at the location. The volute in the top left corner of the portrait contains the following quote from George Washington: "Kościuszko is a man of science and merit".

The painting by Józef Brandt, "Light Cavalry Lisowczycy" became part of the collection of the Kościuszko Foundation in 1958 and is regarded as its most valuable item. The dynamic scene depicts riders of the light horse cavalry, who were conscripted in the seventeenth century by Colonel Aleksander Lisowski and lived off with plunder. The target of the bowman - the turban - alludes to the battles against the Turks in south-east Poland.

Genre scenes from the seventeenth century wars - Cossack rebellions, Tatar invasions and or the Swedish Deluge - are characteristic elements of Brandt’s paintings. However, his paintings do not depict specific historical events. What the artist intended instead was to present historical costumes and weapons with perfect accuracy. The painter’s favorite theme was a moving horse - in gallop or charging the enemy - and mounted by a colorful figure of a rider: a Cossack, Tatar, or Lisowczyk - depicted in the frenzy of battle. Canvases by Brandt hang in almost every museum in Poland, and his works also appear in private and museum collections in America and Europe.

The painting "Gamrat and Stańczyk" is the work of Jan Matejko, who is regarded as the greatest Polish history painter; it is a dynamic composition, presenting multiple figures. It depicts a procession entering a square through a gate (the scene takes place at night). The procession is led by Bishop, Piotr Gamrat, custodian of Queen Bona Sforza, and Stańczyk, jester of King Sigmund the Old. In the background is a man carrying a litter, and other figures. Also in the background, part of the Wawel Royal Castle is seen alongside two town houses. The painting dates from 1873-1878. It was entrusted to the Kościuszko Foundation in 1950 by Joseph F. Lester, on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation. It has never before been displayed to a Polish audience.

Source: Organizer