Talk in Polish
In his lifetime, 19th-century artist Jan Matejko was revered mostly for his depictions of decisive events in Polish history, and he is now regarded as Poland's most celebrated history painter.
However, Matejko was also a pioneering decorative arts designer, whose antiquarian knowledge, commitment to heritage preservation, teachings and visionary iconography inspired Young Poland - the Polish Arts and Crafts Movement - which is now the subject of an international research project at the William Morris Gallery.
Join one of the curators of 'Young Poland', Julia Griffin, to discover Matejko's remarkable artistry, with a focus on his monumental interior decoration scheme at St Mary's Basilica in Kraków, and his influence on Young Poland's foremost designer, Stanisław Wyspiański.
Julia will also be delivering this talk in English at 1pm (tickets booked separately).
Julia Griffin is academic co-editor, with Andrzej Szczerski, of 'Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890–1918' and co-curator of the exhibition of the same name at the William Morris Gallery (9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022). Julia is a specialist in British art, design and cultural history and her PhD explores Rossetti, Morris and the cultural place-making of Kelmscott Manor. Previous roles include Principal Curator of Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London, Collections Manager of the Society of Antiquaries and Assistant Curator of Watts Gallery.