"Monument to Jan Matejko, painter of Polish history" Top 5 Page for this destination Warsaw Things to Do Tip by evaanna
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If you take a tram from the city centre to Królikarnia (see my tip) along Pulawska street, you will see this monument on your left. Erected quite recently, it pays tribute to the greatest painter of scenes from Polish history, battles, signing of important treaties or Poland's first constitution, portraits of Polish kings and queens, and many more. A 19th century patriot, Matejko showed great emotional involvement in his paintings and played an important part in the preservation of Polish national identity in partitioned Poland. Born and residing in Cracow, he actively participated in the restoration of its ancient monuments. When you visit Cracow, pay attention to the monumental polychromy in the Church of Our Lady, one of his great masterpieces.
The figure sitting at his feet is that of Stańczyk, a famous jester and the subject of one of Matejko's early paintings. Stanczyk is shown in the painting as meditating on the future of his homeland while the others at the court, including Queen Bona Sforza, do not care about the recent bad news of Smolensk being taken over by the Russians and are enjoying the ball.
Stanczyk is known for his facetious but true comments made at the court, and is the subject of many historical anecdotes. Here is one: Witnessing the king having leeches applied to his body, which was a common way of treatment in those days, Stanczyk commented: 'They are indeed the most loyal of your friends and courtiers, Your Highness'. Doesn't he deserve a monument as well?
Address: 55, Pulawska St
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