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Wawel Royal Castle
State Art Collection

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Aquisitions 2015-2016

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June 20 - September 17, 2017

The exhibition presents a selection of 108 works of art, including paintings, decorative arts objects, and documents, acquired by the Wawel Royal Castle in 2015 and 2016 through purchases, gifts, and deposits.
A large number of splendid and varied gold and silver objects dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods were acquired. These include a pineapple cup, a tureen with cover, jewelry, as well as luxury objects of daily use produced in the finest European and Polish workshops (Nuremberg, Dresden, Augsburg, Gdańsk).

Several magnificent pieces of porcelain produced in the first half of the 18th century at the Meissen Royal Porcelain Manufactory were acquired for the Castle’s collection of fine porcelain. These include dishes decorated with Far-Eastern motifs.

"The Interior of the Wawel Cathedral", an oil by Marcin Zaleski (1796–1877), one of the leading Polish painters of interiors and vedute joined the collection of Wawel iconography.
An important acquisition is an autographed letter from King Sigismund II Augustus to his sister Hedwig Jagiellon, electress of Brandenburg. The letter, written in Latin, dates from 1571 and concerns a dispute between Hedwig and her stepson John George Hohenzollern. The king signed the letter with ink containing gold dust.

The museum also acquired a group of historically significant seals that had belonged to members of the Sapieha and Jabłonowski families, who played important roles in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as politicians, statesmen, and patrons of the arts.
A fully-illustrated scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

  • Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
last entry one hour before exhibition closes
Mondays – closed

admission 5 PLN – at ticket officeand exhibition entrance
free with admission to the "State Rooms"

Please note: on May 7, 2017 the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" at  Wawel Royal Castle ended.

The painting will be displayed in the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow from May 19, 2017.

see Museum website for details