Adolf Hyła

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Adolf Hyla

Adolf Hyła (May 2, 1897 – December 24, 1965)[1] was a Polish painter and art teacher.[2][3] He is known for painting a popular version of the "Divine Mercy image" in 1943.


Hyla was born in Bielsko-Biała, the son of Joseph and Salome, and his brother Anthony (1908-1975) was a sculptor.[1] Hyla attended high school in Krakow from 1903-1912, then going in Chyrowie, where he graduated in 1917. He studied figure painting and with Jacek Malczewski.[1] In 1918-1920, he served intermittently in Polish Army, where around that time he worked in the office of the National Kilimkarni.[1] In 1922, he studied art history and philosophy at Jagiellonian University.[1] He taught drawing at a junior high school in Bedzin between 1920-1948, teaching practical work in secondary schools in Krakow.[1] He passed his two Fine Arts teaching classes, one in Cracow in 1930, and in 1936 at the Institute in Warsaw crafts exam for practical teaching.[1] Hyła taught drawing and handicrafts at Mikolaj Kopernik Private School around 1934.[4]

The Divine Mercy painting by HyŁa. The Polish inscription reads: "Jesus, I trust in you"

Hyła painted the Divine Mercy image for the convent in Kraków, Poland, as a votive offering for having survived World War II.[2][3] The image was painted by Hyła five years after the death of Saint Faustina Kowalska in 1938.[3] It is slightly based off an earlier 1934 image by Eugene Kazimierowski, the painting of which was supervised by Kowalska herself and her confessor, Fr Michael Sopocko.[3] Hyła's initial version had a country landscape behind Christ, but this was deemed "non-liturgical" and was subsequently edited out of the second, more familiar rendition.

Adolf Hyla also painted several portraits (including those of Albert Chmielowski, Jozef Pilsudski, the Capuchin Provincial Casimir Niczyńskiego) and a series of landscapes (including the Roman Forum, 1931, Church on Obidowej 1934 Swinica slope of the Black Pond Gąsienicowy 1936, Czarny Dunajec in Witów 1937, Krakow Valley Gorge Kościeliska 1947, Seascape in Orłowo 1947, Coast Sopot 1958).[1]

When the command Archbishop of Krakow Karol Wojtyla began preparations for the beatification process, Hyla notarial deed gave the copyright to the Merciful Jesus convent in Krakow's Lagiewniki. He wanted the revenue from the publication of images have been transferred to Faustina's beatification process, but died in Kraków at the age of 68 before he could initiate the process.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Słownik Artystów Polskich i Obcych w Polsce działających Wrocław. 1979. (In Polish). Accessed from August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Faustina: The Apostle of Divine Mercy by Catherine M. Odell 1998 ISBN 0-87973-923-1 page 155
  3. ^ a b c d A Divine Mercy Resource by Richard Torretto 2010 ISBN 1-4502-3236-1 page 88
  4. ^ Recollections of the End of an Era: Poland 1919-1945 by Jerzy Einhorn 2005 ISBN 1-4208-0354-9 pages 27-28
  5. ^ Skowrońska, Małgorzata (April 14, 2012). Malarz, motocyklista. Jego obraz poznał cały świat. (In Polish). Accessed from August 10, 2012.