Dutch grasp Rembrandt’s portray The Polish Rider, which as soon as belonged to Poland’s final king, has returned to the Warsaw palace the place it was final housed round 200 years in the past.
It’s briefly on show on the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park. The merchandise has been loaned by its present proprietor, the Frick Assortment, certainly one of New York’s most vital cultural establishments.
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The Polish Rider, painted round 1655, is certainly one of Rembrandt’s most recognisable works and certainly one of solely two recognized horse portraits by the Dutch grasp. It belonged to Stanisław August Poniatowski, Poland’s 18th-century king and the final ruler of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and was stored at his summer season residence in Łazienki Park.
The portray was supplied to the king, an important admirer of Rembrandt, by a navy commander, Michał Kazimierz Ogiński, in 1791 in change for invaluable orange bushes from the royal gardens. Nonetheless, after Stanisław August’s demise, his heirs regularly bought off the royal assortment.
In 1910, the final Polish proprietor of the portray, Zdzisław Tarnowski, bought it to American financier, industrialist, artwork patron and collector Henry Clay Frick with a view to acquire funds to purchase again Polish land that had belonged to his household.
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To this present day, we have no idea who The Polish Rider, additionally referred to as Lisowczyk, represents. Artwork historians theorise that the portray would possibly depict a soldier of the Lisowczyks, an early Seventeenth-century irregular unit of the Polish-Lithuanian gentle cavalry, an Outdated Testomony or literary hero, or a historic determine.
Xavier Salomon, the chief curator of the Frick Assortment, picked out The Polish Rider as certainly one of his favorite work in a listing of the world’s greatest Rembrandts revealed by Artwork Information final 12 months, describing it as “a type of work that encapsulate the human expertise in a single picture”.
“Rembrandt was fascinated by the ‘different’,” Salomon stated within the justification. “He was really within the huge world outdoors of Amsterdam…I have a look at this canvas every single day and I’ve grown to adore it an increasing number of. The way in which the determine emerges from the shadow. The way in which he seems to be at us.”
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The portray will likely be on show from 6 Might to 7 August within the Image Gallery on the Palace on the Isle in Łazienki Park, the place it drew queues of tourists on the primary weekend. Subsequently it will likely be introduced at Wawel Royal Fortress in Kraków.
It’s most likely essentially the most invaluable loaned portray that has been exhibited in Poland in recent times, stated the director of the Royal Łazienki Museum, Zbigniew Wawer, talking to Polskie Radio.
It’s the first time that the portray has been loaned out by the Frick Assortment, notes the Polish tradition ministry, which has financed the exhibition.
Major picture credit score: MKiDN (beneath CC BY 3.0 PL)
Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.