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Jan Matejko

Born: Krakow, 24 June 1838
Died: Krakow, 1 November 1893
Nationality: Polish

School of Fine Arts (1852-58, Krakow); with Hermann Anschütz in Munich



1850s – beings exhibiting history paintings with Society of Friends of the Fine Arts (Krakow)

1860 – publishes illustrated album of Polish historical costumes, Ubiory w Polsce

1863 – brother is killed in the January Uprising

1865 – exhibits Sermon of Skarga (1864, Royal Castle, Warsaw) at Paris Salon

1873 – appointed Director of the School of Fine Arts in Krakow

1880s – receives numerous commission related to official anniversaries


Munich (1859); Vienna; Venice (1878-79)

Important Artworks: 

Stanczyk, 1862 (National Museum, Warsaw)

Battle of Grunwald, 1875–78 (National Museum, Warsaw)