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The new neighbours

It’s a chilly Sunday. Old snow covers the parkland in white, although the small street piles are a grimy grey. I’m approaching the new apartment on ul Puławska when I encounter a stone jester, sitting cross-legged and thoughtful on a plinth at the bottom of a statue, complete with tassels and bells. 141 more words


Madame d'Orleans (Repeat)

Originally posted on September 21, 2013.


If Jeanne d’Arc, called the ‘Maid of Orleans,” had avoided charges of heresy, she might have eventually lived into old age… Remembering her contributions to the independence of France, she might have contemplated a lonelier death than that of a martyr. 50 more words



This watercolour is based on Stańczyk (Jester), a famous Polish painting by Jan Matejko. I don’t normally paint master copies but this was a very special request. 23 more words


Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God

Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God is an oil painting by the Polish artist Jan Matejko, finished in 1873, depicting Nicolaus Copernicus observing the heavens from a balcony by a tower near the cathedral in Frombork (seen in the back). 227 more words


Krakow Highlights

The museum in the Schindler factory that I described in my previous blog was definitely the highlight of the trip to Krakow. However, there are a few more places that are also worth mentioning. 329 more words


Jan Kochanowski's Lament for His Daughter

Jan Kochanowski over the dead body of his daughter – Jan Matejko

Lament 1 (1580)

All Heraclitus’ tears, all threnodies
And plaintive dirges of Simonides, 160 more words


DAY 206: JULY 25 – Too Much Of A Good Thing Is A Bad Thing

~ Jan Sobieski Vanquisher of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna by Jan Matejko



Everything clever has been thought before. We must try to think it again.

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