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A portrait of Kazimierz Janota Bzowski, who died in 1862, the founder of the Droginia line of the Janot Bzowski family. The painting belonged to the Janot Bzowski family of Droginia. It was donated to the Museum by Witold Nekanda Trepka.

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A portrait of Kazimierz Janota Bzowski, who died in 1862, the founder of the Droginia line of the Janota Bzowski family. The painting belonged to the Janota Bzowski family of Droginia. It was donated to the Museum by Witold Nekanda Trepka.

The portrait was probably painted in the mid-19th century. Due to the lack of documentation, establishing its history is not easy. It presents the figure of a man standing in frontal view. Portrayed down to the hips, en face, ¾ to the right, his left hand lies on the hilt of a sabre while the right is tucked under the flap of a slightly unbuttoned uniform. He is dressed in the uniform of the Galician States, which was a combination of a civil servant and military uniform. The top of the garment in navy blue with scarlet collar, facings and one row of buttons and golden epaulets, on which a coat of arms in embossed embroidery is visible. In the background on the right side behind the figure there is a curtain visible, with a column on the other side. The composition features dark colours throughout, with a light accent on the man’s face and hand. The portrait painted with thin layers of paint without clearly visible brush strokes, on medium thick canvas with standard weave. A typed note was stuck on the reverse containing information about the portrayed person: “Kazimierz Janota Bzowski died in 1862 in the uniform of the Galician states, participant in Napoleon’s wars /?/ owner of estates in Wiercany, Gruszów, Radwan, Lipnica Murowana, Przemęczany etc”.
During World War II, the picture was cut from the frames and hidden, thanks to which it avoided destruction and looting. In 1945, as part of the nationalization of manorial estates, the Bzowski family were ordered to leave the manor. The portrait of the first owner of the Droginia estate was rolled up and placed in a tube, where it was kept until the descendants decided to donate it to the museum.
It was acquired by the museum collections in 2009 and in the same year it underwent thorough conservation. The portrait, fitted into a stylized frame made by the Art Deco studio in Chrzanów, now complements the exhibition of the living room in the manor house of Droginia.

Elaborated by Marcin Koziołek (Museum — Vistula Ethnographic Park in Wygiełzów and Lipowiec Castle), © all rights reserved

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Painting “Portrait of Kazimierz Janota Bzowski”

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