For the first time the Vasa dynasty will become the main topic of a large exhibition in Poland. The goal of the exhibition is to show Vasa’s influence on culture and art in the country and across Europe.
"The exhibition not only reconstructs the world of the Vasa court, but also their values; it shows the connections of this dynasty with modern Europe, their contacts and diplomatic relations, the patronage they exercised over Polish culture in the “silver age”. The main attraction and a keystone of the exhibition is a selection of excellent portraits of the Vasas and their allies from European collections, among others from Madrid, Vienna and Stockholm," said the exhibition curator Jacek Żukowski.
The exhibition will be presented in 11 chambers of the Royal Castle, filled with 280 arts and crafts objects and documents, borrowed from over 77 domestic and foreign institutions. It includes the famous "Panorama of Warsaw" by Christian Melich, which returns to the Royal Castle after 350-years.
The Royal Castle Museum authorities managed to bring the extremely valuable "Kidnapping of Europe" by Guido Reni from the National Gallery in London. The picture was painted to order for the King of Poland Władysław IV Vasa.
Another important element of the exhibition is a selection of valuable objects from the collection of the Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary Order and a 5-metre collective portrait of the court of Jan Kazimierz and Ludwika Maria.
The exhibition "The World of the Polish Vasas. Space - People - Art" will be open for visitors from November 6 until January 14.