The Land of the Winged Horsemen: Art in Poland 1572-1764

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In the golden years of the baroque era, Poland expressed creative ties to East and West in extraordinary works of fine and decorative art. This illustrated book displays more than 150 pieces that celebrate the cross-cultural richness of Poland's creative output during this period. From the dramatic uniform of the winged hussar complete with feathered wings and leopard skin to traditional portraits of royalty to a Turkish-style beverage service, these splendid objects represent Poland's diversity and breadth at a time when it was the largest land empire in Europe, stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. This book is the catalogue for a major exhibition at The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. The Art Institute of Chicago, Huntsville Museum of Art. The San Diego Museum of Art. The Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
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Library Journal
This catalog accompanies a traveling exhibition of 16th- and 17th-century Polish art appearing in Baltimore, Chicago, Huntsville, San Diego, and Tulsa this year and next. Since this art and the cultural history of Poland are little known in America, the book and exhibit are intended to increase appreciation of both. The diverse objects on display include painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, and weaponry, organized by function according to their place in Polish culture of the time. Essays by prominent Polish scholars discuss the political, religious, and artistic context for the artwork, although their usefulness is diminished somewhat by repetition and the use of scholarly language that could be difficult for lay readers. A political chronology, brief biographies of artists, and a glossary of Polish terms are included. This book is likely to be of most interest to Polish Americans and in areas of the country where the exhibit will be shown.--Kathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib., OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300079180
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 10.11 (w) x 12.84 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Honorary Committee 6
Message from the President of the Republic of Poland 7
Acknowledgments 8
Lenders to the Exhibition 10
Participating Museums 11
Preface 12
Introduction 13
Definition and Self-Definition in Polish Culture and Art 15
History of Poland in the 16th-18th Centuries 27
Map of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth c. 1600-1650 33
Polish Baroque Art in Its Social and Religious Context 39
Mechanisms of Contact between Polish and European Baroque 55
The Impact of the Orient on the Culture of Old Poland 69
Architecture in Poland 1572-1764 81
Note to the Reader 98
Catalogue 99
The Monarchy 101
The Magnate Class 149
The Military 195
Religion 233
Decorative Arts 306
Biographies of Artists 360
Significant Political Events in Poland, c. 1550-1770 367
Glossary 369
Bibliography 371
Index of Exhibited Works 378
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