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Royal Collection On Show
July 29, 2011   
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During his reign, King Stanisław August Poniatowski built up a magnificent collection of paintings, which he kept at his residences at the Royal Castle in Warsaw and the Royal Łazienki Park. According to an inventory from 1795, the royal collection comprised 2,289 works by some of the finest painters of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Per Krafft, Anton van Dyck, Nicolas de Largilliere and Marcello Bacciarelli. Stanisław August Poniatowski did not collect paintings just to be surrounded by decorative objects. To him, art “shaped a nation’s spiritual culture” and was an essential aspect of being an enlightened sovereign.

Selected paintings from the collection can be now viewed at the Rembrandt and Others. The Royal Painting Collection of Stanisław August exhibition at the Palace on the Water in the Royal Łazienki Park. It is the first part in a series of exhibitions which the Royal Łazienki Museum has planned on the last king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as an art collector and patron of the arts.

The current exhibition comprises 153 works from the Royal Łazienki Museum, the Lanckoroński family collection at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the National Museum in Warsaw, and the Museum of the Polish Military.

The most valuable paintings in the royal collection are on display in the Painting Gallery and include two by Rembrandt, A Scholar Seated at a Table with Books and The Girl in the Picture Frame (as of Sept. 15, after the painting returns from an exhibition at the Royal Palace in Madrid).

Palace on the Water, Royal Łazienki Museum
Open through Oct. 16.
For further information go to www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl
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