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National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow

The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace

ul. Kanonicza 17


Public visiting hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


www.muzeum.krakow.pl
The Gothic/Renaissance mansion (1501–03) of the Bishop of Płock, an outstanding diplomat, humanist and patron of the arts, is one of Krakow's grandest architectural and residential monuments. It was created in the early sixteenth century by architects and stonemasons, who were later employed at such places as Wawel Castle. Since 1999, the mansion has been renovated and given over to the National Museum in Krakow.

The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Mansion features two exhibits which complement one another, together forming a picture of the Commonwealth of Two Nations.

“The Art of Old Poland: Twelfth to Eighteenth Centuries" presents exceptional works of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. The most important portion of the exhibition consists of Gothic paintings and sculptures dating from the fourteenth century to the early sixteenth century, among them a sculpture of Madonna of Krużlowa and the oldest Polish representational epitaph plaque, in memory of the knight Wierzbięta of Branice. The exhibition includes the public display of preserved fragments of the largest altarpieces from Cracovian churches of the 1460s. 

The “Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Commonwealth Gallery” presents the largest known collection of icons yet assembled, which constitutes one of the oldest and most valuable collections of Orthodox Christian painting in Central Europe. The works found here mainly originate from the southeastern lands of the old Polish Commonwealth. The most important portion of the collection is made up of the priceless fifteenth- and sixteenth-century icons from the Carpathian region, also referred to as the “western Russian”.

The “Krakow Within Arm's Reach: Architectural Sculpture in Original Stone and Antique Moulded Plaster” exhibit. For the presentation of this exhibition the National Museum in Krakow has made very effective use of the cellar spaces of the Bishop Erazm Ciołek Mansion. The core of the exhibition is made up of artefacts from Krakow and its most important buildings, foremost among them the Cathedral and the Church of St. Mary. Alongside the Cracovian items, architectural articles from other parts of Poland complete the collection. A unique group of exhibits is represented by the partial castings of bells (inscriptions and figurative plaques) from over thirty Polish churches. In the case of these items, many of the originals are no longer available, as they frequently no longer exist.
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