The Paintings Gallery, Wilanów Palace
Wilanów Palace (Polish: Pałac w Wilanowie) is a royal palace located in the Wilanów district, Warsaw. Wilanów Palace survived the time of Poland's partitions and both World Wars and has preserved its authentic historical qualities, also is one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.
The Paintings Gallery
Originally a three-room apartment, August Potocki had it converted around the middle of the 19th century into a permanent museum gallery, mostly displaying foreign paintings. The Pompeii pink walls and the ceiling murals with medallion portraits of great sculptors, architects and painters of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist periods are an allusion to typical 19th century museum interiors. The walls are decorated with European paintings from the collection of Stanisław Kostka Potocki and his successors. The most valuable pieces include: “The Final Judgement” (1530) by Wolfgang Krodel the Elder and “Entry of Michał Radziwiłł to Rome” (probably 1680) by Pieter van Bloemen and possibly also Niccolo Viviani Codazzi.
The exhibition also includes examples of fine craft work, such as two large cabinets containing silverware from the M.G. Biennais & J.B.C. Odiot works in Paris. One of the two smaller glazed cabinets situated between the windows displays 18th and 19th century bronzes and 17th to 19th-century stoneware tankards; the other – Böttger’s red stoneware from 1710-19 and 18th-century Meissen china and Dutch faience after Oriental patterns. The ormolu console contains a cast-iron fireplace clock with a pair of candlesticks, purchased by August Potocki in Paris in 1851, after the World Exhibition in London.
The history of the Wilanow Palace, a wonderful Baroque royal residence, began on April 23, 1677, when a village became the property of King John Sobieski III. At the beginning, the residence built there was small. Augustyn Locci, the king’s court architect, received the task of creating only a ground floor residence of a layout typical for the buildings of the Republic of Poland. However, military successes and an increase of the importance of royalty in the coming years had a huge influence on expanding the initial project. Huge construction works were conducted in the years 1677-1696. After completion, the building comprised of elements of a nobility house, an Italian garden villa and a French palace in the style of Louis XIV. After the death of the King, the Palace became the property of his sons, and in 1720, a run down property was purchased by one of the wealthiest women in Poland of those days – Elizabeth Sieniawska. In 1730, the Palace, for three years, was owned by king August II the Strong, who made considerable changes in the residence, particularly as far as the internal décor is concerned.
In the middle of 18th century, the Wilanów property was inherited by the daughter of Czartoryski, wife of a field marshal, Izabela Lubomirska, during whose reign, Wilanów started shining with its previous glory. Sixty nine years later, the Duchess gave Wilanów to her daughter and her husband, Stanislaw Kostka Potocki. Thanks to his efforts, one of the first museums in Poland was opened in the Wilanów Palace, in 1805.
The exposition consists of two parts: on the first floor, there is the GALLERY OF THE POLISH PORTRAIT, where you can see the effigies of the Polish monarchs collected over the centuries, representatives of great magnate families, participants of national uprisings, eminent artists and people honored by Poland. Their authors are often prominent Polish and foreign painters.
After visiting The Gallery of Polish Portraits, you will be able to see the royal apartments of the palace. Rooms where parties took place, chambers where the royal couples listened to music, met their friends and guests, and where they worked and rested. (Source: Wilanów Palace & wikipedia)
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dkmurphys (52329) 2011-11-28 1:58
Splendid details, a good example of European cultural heritage. Well catch, enjoy a beautiful week.
besnard (54827) 2011-11-28 2:26
Un bon aperçu de la richesse intérieure de ce palais. Bien réalisé.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-11-28 2:57
The gallery is photographed in a rather spectacular way. I like the precise details of the architecture and the decoration. The attentive and fascinated visitors add to the interest of the photo. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-11-28 3:24
A gallery full of bautiful paintings captured in an unusual way showing all the decorations and details. Nice to include the two visitors reading about the art and the artist. The colors, sharpness and pov are superb.
snunney (89138) 2011-11-28 3:32
A fine capture of this beautifully decorated interior. The image is well lit and has very good colours and clarity.
siamesa (27761) 2011-11-28 3:39
Bom dia George
Splendid capture of this interior.
Excellent point of view. We can have an idea how thie place is beautiful.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-11-28 3:41
an amazingly colourful and detailed interior composition. Love the way you have angled your POV gives a great sense of depth and conveys the beauty and atmosphere of the room. Executed superbly as always.
Have a good week - regards Brian.
npecanhuk (69568) 2011-11-28 4:57
Wonderful interior with classical decoration!
Very beautiful and attractive picture with excellent overall photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
A great week for you,
Sergiom (66407) 2011-11-28 6:23
Une gestion de la lumière impeccable. Tous les détails sont nets et les couleurs brillent. Le cadrage vertical est très utile pour nous montrer ce superbe plafond.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-11-28 6:27
very nice interior details of this beautiful hall...like the hanging paintings on the wall as well as the paintings on the roof with golden touch...the couple at BG add a human presence here...
very nice light management with superb clarity...
JFS (32459) 2011-11-28 6:54
Spectacular interior shot, very appealing, so colorful thanks to the rich architecture and the paintings. Thanks George!
iacobi (330) 2011-11-28 9:27
A very nice place , especillay an excellent shot with a perfect composition, magnificent colors, clear and bright..well done.!!
vasilpro (41091) 2011-11-28 11:34
Wonderful interior composition from that Palace, interesting paintings gallery, excellent light management, vivid colors, very good sharpness, beautiful decoration, TfS!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
saxo042 (37604) 2011-11-28 11:46
Beautiful and impressive treasures of art and architecture. A very interesting note adds value to this contribution!
cornejo (35231) 2011-11-28 11:57
György Szia, nagyon szép kép tökéletesen megragadja a gyönyörű részleteit a palota, egy jó kép is keretezi, és egyértelműen, és hangulatos jó munkát nagyon jól sikerült, a bókokat mert a barátom. Jó éjszakát és boldog hét. TFS.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-11-28 12:07
Ola George ,
Beleza este interior deste palácio , os detalhes de arquitectura e arte são lindo , beleza a qualidade de acabamento deste pilar , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ChrisJ (103673) 2011-11-28 17:48
A very ornate, Baroque looking interior to this museum & gallery, with good sharpness, saturation & colour. The people admiring the art works add scale. Well managed lighting with only a little oe in the chandelier at left. Tfs!
Graal (99842) 2011-11-28 23:46
Jó napot George,
very nice the fragment of interior Wilanow Palace. I like the details, sculptures and images. Good shot and presentation.
Have a nice day.
amaryllis (35637) 2011-11-29 1:29
ces galeries de ces palaces sont d'une beauté incroyable, plafonds, peintures, lumières, un paradis aussi avec les sculptures
Cricri (110735) 2011-11-29 10:16
Belle prise de l'intérieur du Palace, pleine de décoration et riche en oeuvre d'art, bon cadrage et présentation
Silvio1953 (129504) 2011-11-29 11:58
Ciao George, great view of fantastic interior, lovely composition, wonderful colors, excellent perspective and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-26
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4, 1/45 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Symbol of rebirth - The amazing Warsaw, Wilanów Palace [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-28 1:54