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GENIUS OF BAROQUE. Szymon Czechowicz 16.10.2020-21.02.2021 GENIUS OF BAROQUE. Szymon Czechowicz Remind an event Add to planer
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Art of Szymon Czechowicz — a Pole whose talent matches that of the best Italian masters of his era — has never been presented in a special, monograph exhibition. A large display of his oeuvre — more than 200 paintings and drawings — makes a unique opportunity to meet grand art of late Baroque.

Rome was the cradle of the Baroque. Artists from all over Europe flocked there to develop their talents at the famous Academy of St. Luke. Czechowicz was one of the few who came from Poland. He began his Roman studies around 1710. At the time, Baroque painting in Rome was distinctive for its classicized forms and monumentalism. Proficiency in drawing, refined colours, impressional style, and skill in creating intricated, glamorous scenes, where the mundane entwins with the heavenly, crowded with angels, featured the art of the Eternal City. Czechowicz remained there for about 20 years, and when he returned to the homeland around 1730, he was already a mature painter who for the rest of his long and fruitful life remained faithful to the ideas of Roman Late Baroque. Very soon he became extraordinarely renowned, since there was no other painter here who could compete with him. Magnates, bishops and religious orders comissioned numerous paintings to decorate churches all throughout the vast territiories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Many of the paintings perished but many still exist and pay tribute to the outstanding talent of their creator. The exhibition in the National Museum in Krakow is the first ever attempt at reveiling Czechowicz’s artisanship to the wide public. We can see here the oeuvre of the master represented by almost 200 artworks, collected from numerous museums and churches from Poland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine and the United States. Only a few of them have been hosted so far in the museum's exhibition rooms, and to date many have been quite unknown.

Exhibition curator: Dr. Tomasz Zaucha
Design: Luiza Berdak
Project coordinator: Katarzyna Pawłowska

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Szymon Czechowicz ( 1689-1775), Martyrdom of St. Florian
ca 1750
National Museum in Warsaw / © Copyright by Maciuk Piotr/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775), Martyrdom of St. Lawrence
1740
Capuchin church of St. Lawrence, Lubartów / fot. Maciej Plewiński
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775) after Camillo Rusconi (1658-1728)
1725-1730
Allegory of summer
University of Warsaw Library, Print Room / fot. Oddział Rozwoju Zasobów Elektronicznych, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775), Feeding the multitude
ca 1737-1739
parish church of the Holy Trinity, Ciechanowiec / fot. Maciej Plewiński
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775), Vision of St. Casimir
ca 1741
University collegiate church of St. Anne, Krakow / fot. Maciej Plewiński
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775), Tobias and the angel
ca mid-18th c.
Львівська національна галерея мистецтв імені Бориса Г. Возницького, Львів - Borys Voznytsky Lviv National Art Gallery, Lviv / fot. Illa Lewin / Lwowska Narodowa Galeria Sztuki im. B.G. Woźnickiego
Marco Benefial (1684-1764), Holy Family rests on the flight into Egypt – with St. John Evangelist
ca 1710
Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia / fot. Ariccia, Palazzo Chigi, photographic archive
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775), St. Elisabeth of Portugal
1750
parish church of the Holy Trinity, Tykocin / fot. Damian Kwiecień / GOREK RESTAURO
Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775), Imaginary portrait of the ancestor of the Ossoliński family
1731-1734
Royal Castle in Warsaw – Museum. The Residence of Kings and the Republic of Poland / fot. Andrzej Ring / Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum
Szymon Czechowicz (1689–1775), St. Gertrude of Helfta
1758–1759
Lietuvos dailės muziejus, Vilnius - Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius / fot. Antanas Lukšėnas
PALAZZO CHIGI IN ARICCIA AT ROME
Dr. Tomasz Zaucha and dir. Francesco Petrucci leaning over a showcase with the keys to the Sistine Chapel that were used by members of Chigi family during conclaves. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE STUDIO AT THE BISHOP ERAZM CIOŁEK PALACE
Dr. Monika Tarnowska-Reszczyńska at the paintings from the monastery of the Visitation Nuns in Warsaw. / FOT. E. SŁOCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
LVIV NATIONAL ART GALLERY, UKRAINE
Loan documents are being signed; from the left: Prof. Rafał-Quirini-Popławski, Deputy Director, Dr. Tomasz Zaucha, exhibition curator, Prof. Andrzej Szczerski, Director, and Taras Voznyak, General Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
CHURCH OF THE VISITATION NUNS IN WARSAW
The paitings from the monastere are being packed before the shipment to Krakow. / FOT. T. ZAUCHA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
FRANCISCAN CHURCH IN KOŁO
Dr. Tomasz Zaucha behind St. Anna altar. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
POLISH CHURCH SAN STANISLAO DEI POLACCHI IN ROME
The painting St. Hedvigis taken out from the altar, before conservation that will prepare the canvas for the exhibition in Krakow. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
CHURCH IN SIEMIATYCZE
Dr. Tomasz Zaucha and Natalia Koziara at the altar with the painting attributed to Czechowicz, St. Vincent de Paul. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
DIOECESAN MUSEUM IN DROHICZYN
Dr. Tomasz Zaucha, Krzysztof Zięba, our driver, and Natalia Koziara examine the portrait of Czechowicz’s patron: Franciszek Maksymilian Ossoliński. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
CHURCH HERITAGE MUSEUM IN VILNIUS
Before the painting Crucifixion in the main altar of the former church of St. Michael. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
FRANCISCAN MONASTERY OF S. BONAVENTURA AL PALATINO IN ROME
Natalia Koziara and Dr. Tomasz Zaucha together with Father Sidival Fila, the guardian, contemplate Czechowicz’s painting in the monastery hallway. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI SAN LUCA IN ROME
Dr. Tomasz Zaucha and Natalia Koziara in the library of the Academy. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
CHURCH IN CIECHANOWIEC
Dr. Monika Tarnowska-Reszczyńska, conservator, evaluates the condition of a painting ‘Feeding the multitude’ at a side altar. / FOT. T. ZAUCHA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
CATHEDRAL IN KIELCE
Janusz Feluś, installment specialist, during a revision of the painting in the main altar. / FOT. M. TARNOWSKA-RESZCZYŃSKA
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
CAPUCHIN CHURCH IN LUBARTÓW
Dr. Tomasz Zaucha, curator of the exhibition, at the altar of St. Anthony.
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”
PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION „GENIUS OF BAROQUE. SZYMON CZECHOWICZ (1689-1775)”

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