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- Author Karol Kamieński (died by the end of the 18th century)
- Date of production 1788
- Dimensions height: 36 cm, width: 49 cm
- Author's designation “designed and made by Kamieński, 1 August, 1788”
- ID no. R 1
- Availability in stock
- Object copyright Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
The painter Karol Kamieński, also mistakenly called Dominik, was the son of Maciej Kamieński, a Polish composer of Slovakian origin. We have sparse information about the artist’s life. What is known is that in 1792 he lived at Piwna Street in Warsaw. Thanks to the help of his father, he managed to find his way into the court of King Stanisław August Poniatowski.more
The painter Karol Kamieński, also mistakenly called Dominik, was the son of Maciej Kamieński, a Polish composer of Slovakian origin. We have sparse information about the artist’s life. What is known is that in 1792 he lived at Piwna Street in Warsaw. Thanks to the help of his father, he managed to find his way into the court of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Apart from his two mural designs that enrich the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, some of his works have been preserved in the Print Room of the University of Warsaw Library. His design of the title page of Maciej Kamieński’s music score, preserved in the collection of the Warsaw Musical Society, is also known. What is more, it is known that Kamieński’s works were in King Stanisław August’s collections. Most of the painter’s well-known works are landscape paintings, including views depicting works of architecture or ruins, as well as drawing studies of trees and human heads.
The mural which is the subject of the design was supposed to be a reference to Roman models. The framework of the composition is decorated with elements of illusionistically presented architecture, statues of lions chained to the walls, ceramic vases, panels and grotesque ornaments referring to ancient frescoes, known, for instance, from the excavations at the Golden House of Nero in Rome. In the background there is an excellently-made veduta (cityscape), showing fantastic Roman architecture and Egyptian obelisks.
Elaborated by Adam Spodaryk (Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums),
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