Siemiradzki and others. Polish artists and the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg

2016-04-28, 6:00 p.m.
April 28 (Thursday), 6:00 p.m. 

Siemiradzki and others. Polish artists and the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in the 19th and early 20th century.  
Dr. Dariusz Konstantynów (UG)


When there is raised a question on Polish artists working in St. Petersburg, one name usually suggests itself: Henryk Siemiradzki. After a while we realise that he was merely one of many painters, sculptors, and printmakers who had worked in St. Petersburg for a shorter or longer period. The illustrated lecture will address Polish presence in the artistic circles in the capital on the Neva River, above all, those who were linked with the Russian Empire’s major art school – the Academy of Fine Arts. The presence of Polish artists in St. Petersburg is one of many motifs addressed by the online encyclopaedia The Polish St. Petersburg.

Presentation of online encyclopaedia The Polish St. Petersburg
Dr. Hieronim Grala (UW) and Dr. Beata Nykiel (ICC)

When there is raised a question on Polish artists working in St. Petersburg, one name usually suggests itself: Henryk Siemiradzki. After a while we realise that he was merely one of many painters, sculptors, and printmakers who had worked in St. Petersburg for a shorter or longer period. The illustrated lecture will address Polish presence in the artistic circles in the capital on the Neva River, above all, those who were linked with the Russian Empire’s major art school – the Academy of Fine Arts. The presence of Polish artists in St. Petersburg is one of many motifs addressed by the online encyclopaedia The Polish St. Petersburg.

Dr. Dariusz Konstanynów – art historian, collaborator of the encyclopaedia, adjunct professor at the Institute of Art History at Gdańsk University. He is a researcher of the broadly understood artistic life of the 2nd half of the 19th century and the 1st half of the 20th century, in particular Russian art and art theory of the early 20th century, as well as Polish-Russian artistic contacts in the 2nd half of the 19th century. He received scholarships from the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Russian Academy of Science, and the Russian Ministry of Culture (Moscow).  

Dr. Hieronim Grala – historian and diplomat, head editor of the encyclopaedia, works at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw; member of the Polish-Russian Historians’ Commission PAN-RAN, founder and editor-in-chief of the series Monumenta historica res gestas Europae Orientalis illustrantia / Памятники истории Восточной Европы. Источники XV-XVII вв. (Moscow-Warsaw). In 2000–2009 director of Polish Institutes in St. Petersburg and Moscow; 1st advisor of the Polish Embassy in Moscow.

Dr. Beata Nykiel – historian-archivist, editor-in-chief of the encyclopaedia, deputy head of the Institute of European Heritage of the ICC, member of the editorial team of “Herito.” She specialises in the history of Central Eastern Europe in early modern period, especially social history of the eastern regions of the 1st Polish Republic from the 14th to the 18th century. Another area of her interests is the protection of cultural heritage in Eastern Europe.

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