Matejko will be the first Polish artist to be exhibited at the National Gallery in London – The First News

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The artist’s epic “Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God”, will be on display from May 21.
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The epic “Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God” by Jan Matejko will be exhibited at the National Gallery in London from May 21st.

This will be the first presentation by the National Gallery of a painting by a Polish artist.

Matejko painted the enormous canvas (225 cm by 315 cm) in 1873 to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Public domain

The exhibition was originally scheduled for late July to mid-November 2020, but has been postponed twice due to the pandemic.

Matejko painted the enormous canvas (225 cm by 315 cm) in 1873 to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

The gallery will also present a 1543 copy of Copernicus’ “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the revolutions of the celestial spheres).Public domain

The painting will be on loan from the historic Jagiellonian University in Krakow (southern Poland), one of the oldest in Europe, founded in the 14th century.

The gallery will also display a 1543 copy of Copernicus’ “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the revolutions of the celestial spheres).

The National Gallery in London is Britain’s most important gallery and one of the most visited museums in the world.

Matejko was born in Krakow in 1838 and is known for his historical paintings, which depict major Polish political and military events.Public domain

Its collections include approximately 2,300 paintings, mostly by Western European painters, from the mid-13th century to 1900.

The artists whose works are exhibited there are: Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Titien, Sandro Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Claude Monet, Diego Velazquez and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The exhibition will run until August 22, 2021.

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