Jan Matejko - Installation of the Royal Sigismund Bell 1458
Painting by Jan Matejko Installation of the Royal Sigismund Bell from collection of National Museum in Warsaw.
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The Artist - Jan Matejko (1838-1893):
One of the most outstanding Polish painters in history, a painter of historical and battle scenes. At the age of 13, he commenced education at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków and then he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. There he decided to focus on historical painting. He was the author of over 300 oil paintings and a few hundred drawings and sketches. The most famous of them include Battle of Grunwald, Stańczyk or Astronomer Copernicus, which are kept in Polish museums. In 1870, he was decorated with the Cross of the Legion of Honour in Paris. Subsequently, he became the director of the Kraków School of Fine Arts and a honorary member of Paris, Berlin, Prague and Vienna academies and the Raffaello Academy in Urbino. Jan Matejko died at the age of 55 and was buried in Kraków.
The Artwork - Installation of the Royal Sigismund Bell
The painting presents the ceremony of installation and consecration of the Royal Sigismund Bell, which took place in Kraków in 1521.
In 1520, King Sigismund the Old commissioned a bell to be cast for the Wawel Cathedral from bell founder Hans Beham. The work, carried out in a foundry near St. Florian’s Gate, lasted several months. The bell, in honour of the founder called the Royal Sigismund Bell, was ceremoniously consecrated by Kraków Bishop Jan Konarski. It was hung in the former defence tower, revamped especially for this occasion, on 9 July 1521.
It is decorated with bas-reliefs depicting patrons of the Polish monarch: on one side the semblance of St. Sigismund and on the other St. Stanislaus. On the sides of both bas-reliefs, there are coats of arms of Poland and Lithuania. There is also a Latin inscription.
King Sigismund I is standing on a dais under a canopy, his hand on the head of his successor, Sigismund Augustus. Queen Bona is sitting next to him with eldest daughter Izabela. Master Beham, managing the work, is standing on a platform.
As in many of his paintings, Matejko does not strictly adhere to historical facts - several persons presented in the painting definitely did not take part in the ceremony, whereas the King’s children were much younger at that time.
|Size of puzzle||98 x 48 cm|
|Number of bags||1|
|Size of box||B: 20 x 28 cm; H: 7 cm|
|Number of pieces||1458|