Matejko will be the first Polish artist to be exhibited at the National Gallery in London – The First News
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.
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 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 National Gallery in London is Britain’s most important gallery and one of the most visited museums in the world.
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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