17 Works, June 24th. is Jan Matejko’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #171

Jan Matejko (1838–1893)
Prophecy of the Ukrainian Bard

Oil on canvas
Height: 292 cm, Width: 206 cm
National Museum in Krakow

Wernyhora is a legendary 18th century Cossack bard who prophetized the fall of Poland and its subsequent rebirth and flourishing, “from Black to White sea”.

He has been a subject of several folklore tales and poems, particularly in the 19th century romanticism in Poland. More on Wernyhora

Jan Alojzy Matejko (also known as Jan Mateyko; 24 June 1838–1 November 1893) was a Polish painter, a leading 19th-century exponent of history painting, known for depicting nodal events from Polish history…

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