National Museum, Poznań
Historic south wing, built in 1904
|Location||9 Karol Marcinkowski Avenues
The National Museum, Poznań (Polish: Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu), Poland, popularly abbreviated as MNP, is a state-owned cultural institution and one of the largest museums in Poland. It houses a rich collection of Polish painting from the 16th century on, and a collection of foreign painting (Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German). The museum is also home to numismatic collections and a gallery of applied arts.
The National Museum in Poznań was established in 1857, as the "Museum of Polish and Slavic Antiquities". During World War II the building was damaged, the collection looted by German military, while numerous museum exhibits, including the natural and ethnographic collections, were destroyed. After the war the Polish Government retrieved many of the works seized by the Nazis.
Museum's collections are on display in seven thematic exhibition galleries that explore the major trends and disciplines of the age: the Gallery of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Polish Art from 16th-to-18th century; and, in the new wing: the Gallery of Polish art from the period of foreign partitions until the end of World War II, the Gallery of European Art (or Foreign Painting), the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Poster and Graphic design Gallery.
Gallery of Foreign Painting
The Main Building features one of the largest galleries of foreign painting in Poland, predominantly originating from the collection owned by Count Raczyński:
- Sofonisba Anguissola, The Chess Game,
- Angelo Bronzino, Portrait of Cosimo I dei Medici in armour,
- Alonso Sánchez Coello, The Royal Feast,
- Jan van Kessel, el Mozo, Dwarfs with a dog,
- Quentin Massys, Madonna and Child with the Lamb,
- Juan Carreño de Miranda, The Assumption,
- Claude Monet, Beach in Pourville (pictured),
- Johann Friedrich Overbeck, The Marriage,
- Francesco Raibolini, Madonna and Child with St. Francis,
- Jacob Ruysdael, Fishing,
- Frans Snyders, Wild Boar Hunt,
- Bernardo Strozzi, The Abduction of Europa,
- Diego Velázquez (his studio?), Blind Woman,
- Francisco de Zurbarán, The Virgin of the Rosary venerated by Carthusians.
- "History". mnp.art.pl. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Poznań Muzeum (2012). "Galleries (Galerie)". Malarstwo i Rzeźba. Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu. pp. 1 of 8. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
- Stolen in 2000, recovered in Olkusz on 12 January 2010 Stolen Monet recovered in Poland, Krakow Post - Poland News, Events, Lifestyle, 15 January 2010.
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