Matejko's Copernicus and history painting today
Jan Matejko's 'Astronomer Copernicus' (1873) was, in some ways, the dying star of history painting.
While the painting was and remains iconic, the genre waned in the decades following its creation. Yet, Matejko's star burns bright to this day and the legacy of history painting continues in some contemporary art.
Christopher Riopelle, curator of 'Conversations with God: Jan Matejko’s Copernicus' joins guest speakers to discuss the impact of Matejko’s painting on the Polish cultural imagination, the current revival of Matejko beyond Poland, and the continuing relevance of history painting, past and present, for illuminating current events.
This event is organised in association with the Polish Hearth Society.
The Polish Cultural Institute