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Gentlewoman Who Challenged Convention
December 21, 2011   
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A collection of previously unexhibited memorabilia are on show at Warsaw’s Museum of Wola in the first exhibition dedicated to Barbara Czarnowska, a 19th-century Polish gentlewoman who challenged the conventions of her time.

Living at a time when Poland was under foreign rule, Czarnowska left her home and family to serve as a soldier. At the time of the 1831 November Uprising by Poles against Russian occupation, she was the only woman to win the Virtuti Militari Cross, the highest Polish military decoration. She received it for her bravery in a battle near Sierpc, 100 km northwest of Warsaw.

The exhibition features a number of souvenirs from Czarnowska’s time, including some rarely shown paintings such as Wzięcie Arsenału (Seizure of the Arsenal) by Marcin Zaleski and Szturm Rosjan na Rogatki Jerozolimskie (Russian Attack on Warsaw’s Rogatki Jerozolimskie) by battle painter January Suchodolski. Also featured is a wealth of graphics, unique maps of the Russian siege of Warsaw, original archive documents and other valuable memorabilia, many of which are being shown to the public for the first time. The exhibition is open until Jan. 29.

Museum of Wola, Branch of the Historical Museum of Warsaw; 12 Srebrna St., Admission zl.2.50/3.50.
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