Miracle of Light. Medieval Stained Glass in Poland

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  • Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Monday, October 26, 2020


Thanks to the artistry and technical skill of former masters, medieval stained-glass windows enchant us until the present day. Unfortunately not all have been preserved, since many of the artworks by Romanesque and Gothic craftsmen have been destroyed by time and by changing fashions which dictated that many were removed from churches. Dating back to medieval times, the art of dazzling interiors with colourful light was gradually forgotten. The exhibition at the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow, titled Miracle of Light. Medieval Stained Glass in Poland, reminds us of the important role of stained-glass windows during the era and introduces many forgotten symbolisms. Stained glass from museum and private collections, churches and monasteries in Poland will be presented alongside panel painting, embroidery, gilding, documents, drawings and sketches from the period. An important element of the exhibition will be St Mary’s Church in Kraków, where surviving medieval stained-glass windows are juxtaposed with artworks by 19th-century artists Józef Mehoffer and Stanisław Wyspiański who were fascinated by the style. (Dorota Dziunikowska, “Karnet” monthly)




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