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- Author Józef Hakowski
- Date of production 1885
- Place of creation Kraków, Poland
- Dimensions height: 42 cm, diameter: base:13 cm
- Author's designation “J. Hakowski 1885”, at the bottom of the cartouche: “Józef Szujski”
- ID no. MHK 3492/III
- Branch The Hipolit House
- Object copyright Historical Museum of the City of Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
A small, barely 40 centimetre tall statuette depicts one of the greatest Krakow historians and journalists of the 19th century: Professor of Kraków Alma Mater, Józef Szujski. The bronze bust depicts a middle-aged man with a distinctive look: a high forehead, combed hair, and a short beard with moustache.more
A small, barely 40 centimetre tall statuette depicts one of the greatest Kraków historians and journalists of the 19th century: Professor of Kraków Alma Mater, Józef Szujski.
The bronze bust depicts a middle-aged man with a distinctive look: a high forehead, combed hair, and a short beard with moustache. He is dressed in a robe, in accordance with Polish 19th-century national fashion, and a professorial toga with an ermine cape. His chest is decorated with a rector's chain with the Jagiellonian University coat of arms — two crossed rector sceptres under the crown. On the pedestal, in the shape of a low, narrowed column, there is a book surrounded by a wreath of laurel and oak branches, symbolizing eternal, immortal fame. On the pages of the book, there is the inscription: the True History of the Master of real Politics. This short sentence refers to the figure of Józef Szujski, who was known for being both an outstanding scientist and a wise politician.
In the 19th century, sculptural portraits were a topic often undertaken by artists. Busts of figures who had contributed greatly to the Polish history and culture often created cycles of images of “Great Poles”. This type of “cabinet pantheons”, cast in gypsum or metal, were made by such sculptors as Jakub Tatarkiewicz, Wiktor Brodzki, and Pius Weloński. During the partition, they were one of the forms commemorating the history of Poland and propagating patriotic slogans.
The creator of the statue was Józef Hakowski (1834-1897), whose engraved signature, “J. Hakowski”, along with the date of the sculpture's creation, was hidden on the left arm of the bust.
Elaborated by Elżbieta Lang (Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), © all rights reserved