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Maria Mater Misericordiae 24.06-09.10.2016 Maria Mater Misericordiae
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Organized as part of the World Youth Days Krakow 2016 and the Jubilee of Mercy celebrated at the same time in the Catholic Church, the exhibition presents nearly 100 works, mainly from Italian collections, whose leading theme is Mary the Mother of Mercy. It features works by prominent Italian, French, Dutch and German artists such as Donatello, Mantegna, who were active from the 14th to the 18th century.

The visitors can see images of the Virgin Mary in her protective mantle, Virgin Mary revealing her breast, and other popular depictions, which in the Middle Ages and the modern era were frequently interpreted as the representation of the idea of Our Lady's mercy – such as Pietà or the Virgin Mary nursing the Child.

The exhibition catalogue includes essays by eminent Bible scholars, theologians and art historians who present the development of the idea of Our Lady of Mercy in theology, cultural practices of the Church, religious music and iconography. This provides the readers with a comprehensive compendium, thoroughly acquainting them with the Matris Misericordiae iconography. The main iconographic types from the catalogue are also presented in the exhibition visitor's guide, and – in a very abbreviated form – in the texts accompanying the exhibition.

The display is the only official exhibition of art held as part of the Wold Youth Days Krakow 2016. It is organized by the National Museum in Krakow in cooperation with the Vatican John Paul II Foundation for Youth. The Krakow exhibition constitutes a continuation of religious art presentations held on the occasions of the World Youth Days in prestigious museums in the cities which host these gatherings (Colorado History Museum in Denver, Metropolitan Museum in Manila, Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto or Museo del Prado in Madrid).

Curators: Prof. Piotr Krasny, Prof. Giovanni Morello

The Main Building

al. 3 Maja 1
  • Monday: closed
  • tues-fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hans Memling, Madonna Nursing the Child
Tempera on wood
© Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp
Santa Maria
Donatello, recte Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, Madonna and the Child
Terracotta sculpture polychromed with tempera, 1420-1430
Musei Civici Fiorentini – Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence
Santa Maria
Carlo Crivelli, Enthroned Madonna Nursing the Child
1472, tempera on wood,
Pinacoteca Parrocchia dei Santi Pietro, Paolo e Donato, Corridonia
Santa Maria
Francisco de Zurbarán y Salazar, Our Lady of the Rosary Adored by the Carthusians
Oil on canvas
Fundacja im. Raczyńskich przy Muzeum Narodowym, Poznań
Santa Maria
Flemish workshop, The Assumption of Mary
Tapestry, based on a painting by Peter Paul Rubens
Museo Diocesano "Mons. Cesare Recanatini", Ancona
Santa Maria
Francesco di Simone Ferrucci or his workshop, Madonna Nursing the Child
Plaster relief with traces of polychromes,
Fondazione Cardinale Giacomo Lercaro, Bologna
Santa Maria
Lorenzo di Credi, Madonna Nursing the Child
Oil on wood
Musei Vaticani, Città del Vaticano
Photo © Vatican Museums, All rights reserved
Santa Maria
Unknown sculptor (active 2nd half of 15th c.), Pietà
Terracotta sculpture polychromed with tempera,
Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo, L’Aquila
Santa Maria
Sicily workshop (active 12th c.), the Madonna Oranta
mosaic
Museo Diocesano, Palermo
Santa Maria
Paolo Veneziano, Enthroned Madonna with Child and Eight Angels
Tempera on wood,
Museo della Cattedrale, Cesena
Santa Maria
Marche painter (active late 14th c.), Mother of Mercy
1494, oil on wood,
Rocca Demaniale, Gradara
Santa Maria
Andrea Mantegna, Madonna with the Child Against Ancient Ruins
Ink drawing on parchment painted with tempera,
private collection
Santa Maria
Barnaba da Modena, Madonna of Mercy
Tempera on wood, 1375-1376,
Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, Genoa
Santa Maria
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
Press conference in the Main Building of the NMK
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
NMK Director Andrzej Betlej welcomes the journalists
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
The Italian curator of the exhibition – Prof. Giovanni Morello
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
The Italian curator of the exhibition – Prof. Giovanni Morello
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz visits the exhibition
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Welcoming the guests
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Andrzej Szczerski – Deputy Director for Academic Affairs – reading a letter from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Zofia Gołubiew – the NMK Dyrektor in the years 2000-2015 – giving a speech
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
The Polish curator of the exhibition – Prof. Piotr Krasny
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Exhibition coordinators – from the left: Beata Foremna, Aleksandra Kłaput, Katarzyna Maniak
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Director Andrzej Betlej giving the guests a tour of the exhibition
/ photo by Karol Kowalik - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
The Polish curator of the exhibition – Prof. Piotr Krasny
/ photo by Karol Kowalik - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Karol Kowalik - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
/ photo by Mirosław Żak - Photography Studio, NMK
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Santa Maria
Santa Maria
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
Maria Mater Misericordiae - exhibition
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'
Opening of the exhibition 'Maria Mater Misericordiae'

Around the exhibition

Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

Organizers

The only official exhibition held as part of the celebrations of the World Youth Day 2016

Organizing Secretary of the Exhibition

Realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Patron of the NMK

Sponsors of the Exhibition

Partners of the Exhibition

Media Partners

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