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Bacciarelli's Best Portraits on Show at the Royal Castle
July 6, 2018   
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On the 200th anniversary of death of Marcello Bacciarelli, court painter of the last king of Poland Stanisław August Poniatowski, the Royal Castle in Warsaw has put together an exhibition showing the 45 master paintings. The works on display represent the entire chronological cross-section of Bacciarelli’s portrait oeuvre, from the early, Rococo-style compositions from the late 1750s, through intimate images of the royal family from the late 1770s or spectacular depictions of royal friends from the 1780s to the last works of the artist, created in the early nineteenth century. Some of the works exhibited have never been shown in Poland before.

Among the works displayed for the first time is a portrait of Franciszek Salezy Potocki, until recently, considered missing, from the Paris collection of Izabela d'Ornano, two beautiful portraits of Lord and Lady Stormont from the Mansfield Counts collection at Scone Palace in Scotland, an excellent image of Stanisław August with an Hourglass from a private collection in Paris or the king’s famous portrait "with a gesture of discussion" from the Uffizi collection.

Although some of the paintings are part of the permanent display at the Royal Castle, most were acquired specifically for the exhibition from the National Museums in Warsaw, Wrocław, Cracow and Poznań, the Royal Łazienki Museum, The Wilanow Palace Museum, collections d'Ornano in Paris and Earls of Mansfield collections in Perth or Uffizi gallery in Florence.
Marcello Bacciarelli is one of the iconic figures of the Polish Enlightenment period, an Italian who consciously associated the greater part of his adult life and artistic career with the Polish Republic, the creator of numerous works that still adorn the royal residences. He is considered the precursor of the national school of Polish painting.

The exhibition can be viewed until September 9, 2018.
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