Jan Krzysztof Damel

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Jan Krzysztof Damel
Jan Damiel. Ян Дамель (1817).jpg
Self-portrait, 1817
Born 1780
Mitawa, Duchy of Courland and Semigallia
Died 30 August 1840
Minsk, Russian Empire

Jan Krzysztof Damel,[1][2][3] also known as Jonas Damelis and Johann Damehl in other languages (1780 – 30 August 1840)[4][5] was a Polish neoclassicist artist in the age of Partitions, associated with the School of Art at Vilnius University (modern-day Lithuania).


The Battle of Vienna, 1683

Born in Mitawa, Duchy of Courland and Semigallia (now Jelgava, Latvia, 1918 name change), Damel (Damelis) studied art at Vilna University under Jan Rustem and Franciszek Smuglewicz, receiving a degree in 1809. He lived in Vilnius (Wilno) until he was deported to Siberia in 1820. Upon his release he lived in St. Petersburg and Minsk. He is considered one of the most prominent historical artists of the neoclassicist genre working in present-day Belarus (White Russia).[5][6]

His works include paintings of historic events (the Kościuszko Uprising, Napoleon's army in Vilnius, the death of Ulrich von Jungingen during the Battle of Grunwald, and the Battle of Vienna), portraits, drawings, and religious compositions. Among his successful students was Michał Kulesza.


  1. ^ Elżbieta Wojtałowa, Barbara Małkiewicz, Halina Blak (2001). Polish painting of the 19th century. Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie (National Museum, Kraków) – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Jan Krzysztof Damel. Biuletyn historii sztuki (in French & Polish). Volumes 37-38. Państwowy Instytut Sztuki (Poland), Politechnika Warszawska, Stowarzyszenie Historyków Sztuki. 1975. Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized 17 Aug 2010 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Władysława Jaworska (1995). Jan Krzysztof Damel. Polish masters from the Kosciuszko Foundation collection. Kosciuszko Foundation. ISBN 0917004248 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Romualdas Budrys. "ART EXHIBITION "VILNIUS CLASSICISM"". Association of Lithuanian Museums and Lithuanian Art Museum. Archived from the original on 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-24 – via archived copy. 
  5. ^ a b "Anniversaries of Great Personalities and Important Events (1979-1980)" (PDF). UNESCO. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  6. ^ Dietrich Beyrau, Rainer Lindner (2001). Handbuch der Geschichte Weissrusslands (in German). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. p. 124. ISBN 978-3-525-36255-6. 


  • VILNIAUS KLASICIZMO DAILININKAI. (VILNIUS CLASSICISM) Lietuvos dailės muziejus, 2000 (Association of Lithuanian Museums). Retrieved 2016-12-24 via archived copy.