Jan Matejko

1838-1893 Poland/History

 

Brief Biography-Jan (Jean Aloysius) Matejko was born in Kraków in 1838. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts under Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. In 1859, he went to the Munich Academy of Fine Arts for one year, followed by a short stay at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, and afterwards set up a studio back in Kraków. By 1865 he had success, and he gained a first-class medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1867 and three years later, bestowed with the Legion of Honour. He became the Director of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts in 1872. Among his many successful students were Jacek Malczewski and Maurycy Gottlieb. Matejko was honoured with numerous awards throughout his life and made a correspondent member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1873. The Kraków Academy of Fine Arts became known as the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts.

 

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The Fall
of Poland

The Fall of Poland

Alfred
Potocki

Alfred Potocki

Battle of
Grunwald

Battle of Grunwald

Armor of Stefan
Batory

Armor of Stefan Batory

Bohdan Khmelnytsky
with Tuhaj Bej

Bohdan Khmelnytsky with Tuhaj Bej

Astronomer
Copernicus-

Astronomer Copernicus-Conversation with God

Fragment of
Lwow Oath

Fragment of Lwow Oath

Christianization
of Poland

Christianization of Poland

Death of Sigismund
Augustus at Knyszyn

Death of Sigismund Augustus at Knyszyn

Gamrat and
Stanczyk

Gamrat and Stanczyk

Hanging of the
Sigismund Bell

Hanging of the Sigismund bell at the Cathedral Tower

Jan Kochanowski
over his Daughter-

Jan Kochanowski over the Dead Body of his Daughter-Urszulka

Nicholas
Zyblikiewicza

Nicholas Zyblikiewicza

Stephen Bathory
at Pskov

Stephen Bathory at Pskov

Poisoning of
Queen Bona

Poisoning of Queen Bona

The Alchemist
Sedziwoj

The Alchemist Sedziwoj


Stanczyk

Stanczyk

Self-
portrait

Self-portrait


Wernyhora

Wernyhora

Stanislaw
Tarnowski

Stanislaw Tarnowski

The Republic at
Zenith of Power-

The Republic at Zenith of Power-Golden Liberty Election

The Artist's Four
Children

The Artist's Four Children

The Union
of Lublin

The Union of Lublin

The Death of Leszek
the White

The Death of Leszek the White

Adoption of the
Polish Constitution

Adoption of the Polish Constitution

Victory of
John III Sobiesk

Victory of John III Sobieski King of Poland against the Turks at the Battle of Vienna