The “Stockholm Roll”, a 16 m long painting depicting the entry of the wedding procession of King Sigismund III Vasa into the city of Kraków in 1605, is now on show in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
The anonymous work is dated to come from the first half of the 17th century. Of the original work of a greater length, only a fragment of 16 metres, coming in 39 parts, has been preserved.
The masterpiece depicts the procession comprising the King, the court, as well as noblemen and the army. King Sigismund III Vasa was to marry his second wife, Constance of Austria, who was the sister of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.
The “Stockholm Roll” was a part of the King’s private collection. It was robbed during the Swedish invasion (so-called Deluge) in 1665, among dozens of other Polish historical treasures and artworks. For centuries it was stored in Swedish military archives, forgotten.
It was only in 1961 when Polish historians began their research on the work. Finally, after over 300 years, the “Stockholm Roll” returned to Poland in 1974.
It is now part of the collections of Warsaw Royal Castle where it is put on display periodically.
The current exhibition will last until March 10 and takes place in the scope of the celebrations of the quatercentenary of the construction of the Royal Castle, the official residence of the Polish monarchs.