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Medieval Masterworks on View
Some outstanding masterpieces of medieval sculpture and handicraft are among the items on show at Warsaw’s Royal Castle in an exhibition celebrating the centennial of a university in eastern Poland.

The masterworks on display come from the art collection of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), which is marking its 100th anniversary in 2018.

Reflecting the anniversary theme, the exhibition comprises a selection of 100 items from the university’s vaults. In addition to medieval and early modern sculptures and handicrafts, the exhibits on view include some notable paintings by both Polish and foreign artists.

The Polish painters featured in the exhibition include celebrated figures such as Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, Leon Wyczółkowski, Józef Mehoffer and Jacek Malczewski. Some of the most noteworthy paintings from abroad include Ecce Homo (ca. 1574) by a Netherlandish imitator of Juan de Flandes; Sacra Conversazione, attributed to the 16th-century Venetian studio of Francesco Rizzo da Santacroce; Loth and His Daughters (after 1600) by Flemish mannerist painter Marten van Valckenborch; and Guardroom with Monkeys, a 17th-century copy of a painting by David Teniers the Younger.

The Royal Castle exhibition features an impressive set of medieval sculptures dating from the late Gothic period, including a statue of St. Catherine of Alexandria from the studio of Jacob Beinhart.

The exhibition also includes chinaware from the famous European porcelain manufactures in Meissen, Vienna and Berlin, in addition to some rare manuscripts, incunabula and documents.

Until Dec. 30
Royal Castle in Warsaw; Temporary Exhibition Room (2nd floor)