21.05.2021 - 22.08.2021 Visual arts The National Gallery Trafalgar Square Charing Cross London WC2N 5DN

Conversations with God: Copernicus by Jan Matejko 🗺

First time in history a Polish painting exhibited at the National Gallery in London.

Jan Matejko’s epic painting ‘Astronomer Copernicus’ unites two of Poland’s most famous figures.

On loan from Kraków’s historic Jagiellonian University, one of Europe’s oldest founded in the 14th century, this is the first time that National Gallery with a support form the Polish Cultural Institute has exhibited a painting by a Polish artist.

Despite being largely unknown outside his homeland, Matejko is regarded as the national painter of Poland. His huge paintings, showing iconic events from Polish history, are part and parcel of Poland’s national identity.

This painting celebrates one of the most important names in the history of science, Polish mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus; known for his theory, published in 1543, which proposed the solar system with the sun at its centre and the planets orbiting around it.

Matejko painted the enormous canvas in 1873 to mark the 400th anniversary of the astronomer’s birth.

Exhibition will also consist a 1543 copy of Copernicus’s ‘De revolutionibus orbium coelestium’; the publication that marked a turning point in human understanding of our place in the universe.

This is a rare opportunity to see one of Poland’s most loved works of art.

Art: Jan Matejko ‘The Astronomer Copernicus. Conversations with God’, 1873; Jagiellonian University, Kraków. Photo courtesy of the owner.

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