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date: 11 December 2019

Matejko, Janlocked

(b Kraków, June 24, 1838; d Kraków, Nov 1, 1893).
  • Wanda Małaszewska


(b Kraków, June 24, 1838; d Kraków, Nov 1, 1893).

Polish painter. He studied from 1852 to 1858 at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków and, during this time, started exhibiting historical paintings with the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts there (e.g. Sigismund I Bestowing Nobility on the Professors of the University of Kraków in 1535 (1858; Kraków, Jagiellonian U., Mus. F.A.). After studying in Munich (1859) under the history painter Hermann Anschütz (1802–80) and then briefly and less successfully in Vienna, Matejko returned to Kraków, where he was based for the rest of his life. In 1860 Matejko issued an illustrated album, Ubiory w Polsce [‘Costumes in Poland from 1200 to 1795’] (later editions 1875 and 1901), a project reflecting his intense interest in historical records of all kinds and his desire to promote such interest among the Polish people in an effort to intensify their patriotic feelings. This role first became widely associated with Matejko with his painting of ...

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U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]
Polski slownik biograficzny, 34 vols (Wroclaw, 1935–)