Leonardiana in Polish collections

4 December 2019 - 15 October 2020

Leonardiana in Polish collections / Leonardiana w kolekcjach polskich

Place ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958 Warszawa, POLAND
Organizer Muzeum Pałacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie / Museum of King Jan III\'s Palace
More info http://www.wilanow-palac.pl

The historic Wilanów collection, created by successive owners of the palace, includes a mysterious image of Christ the Saviour (Salvator Mundi), whose value Stanisław Kostka Potocki estimated at 300 guilders in 1798, as well as other interesting paintings belonging to the group of the so-called Leonardeschi, including works by Bernardino Luini. While the media around the world were following the fate of another version of Salvator Mundi (purchased for Abu Dhabi), the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów in cooperation with the Leonardo da Vinci Society and in consultation with the National Gallery in London and many other museums in Poland and around the world, organised an exhibition showing the “myth of Leonardo”, exemplified in Polish collections with several dozen works (paintings, drawings and engravings). Many of them still require thorough study, so this is a “research” exhibition designed to show not only the unique works, but also the history and context of their acquisition. A separate element of the exhibition is a demonstration of technologically advanced methods and results of the study of paintings and methods of assessing their age.