The book also brings to light Poland's long-overlooked cultural history. Prominent scholars describe the royal patronage responsible for acquiring great works of art throughout the Renaissance and Enlightenment; they discuss the impact on Poland's art collections when the country lost its independence in 1795 and was then partitioned geographically; and they tell the story of the cultural and political oppression that culminated in the radical dismantling of collections and museums during Nazi and then Soviet rule. The authors note that the museums of Poland are now retrieving their collections and redefining themselves within a reconfigured Europe, giving us a new appreciation of the country's impressive artistic identity.
Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland accompanies an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum (September 12-November 24, 2002); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (December 8, 2002-February 16, 2003); and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/California Palace of the Legion of Honor (March 8-May 18, 2003).
Author Biography: Laurie Winters is curator of earlier European art at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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