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THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN WARSAW

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This is the biggest art museum in Poland, with a collection that has been assembled over some 150 years. The Functionalist building houses art collections that cover the ages from the ancient era to modernity - around a million paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and objects. The permanent exhibit is divided into galleries of Ancient Art, Eastern-Catholic Art, Medieval Art, Polish Painting, European Painting and Polish 20th-Century Art. One of the most interesting and valuable sections is the Medieval Art Gallery, the only place in Europe to exhibit a collection of African medieval Christian art from Nubia - the paintings, discovered by Polish archaeologists and dating back to the 8th-14th century, depict Christian saints and Nubian clerics. There is also an exquisite exhibit of altar ornaments, crucifixes and statues from defunct Polish churches. Another noteworthy collection is on display in the Polish Art Gallery, which offers a cross-section of the directions and styles in Polish art in chronological order, from the 16th century to World War I. The collection includes works from the great Polish masters - Marcello Bacciarelli, Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, Józef Mehoffer, Jacek Malczewski and Olga Boznańska, with pride of place allocated to Jan Matejko's grand-scale painting The Battle of Grunwald and his melancholic portrait of a jester, Stańczyk, considered one of the brightest examples of symbolism in Polish art, as well as to Jacek Malczewski's Polish Hamlet, an allegorical portrait of nobleman Aleksander Wielopolski, in which the portraitee is flanked by two women symbolising two aspects of Poland. The museum frequently holds exhibitions of works from the museum's own collections as well as museums elsewhere in the world.


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Posted February, 2010

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