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Wroclaw remembers Battle of Grunwald

28th January 2010 Print

The Polish city of Wroclaw is set to welcome a new temporary exhibition next month, to celebrate the famous Battle of Grunwald.

The city’s Raclawice Panorama museum – named after the famous 120 metre painting it houses – will assemble works by the artists behind the 19th century Panorama to mark the 600th anniversary of events at Grunwald.

The engagement in the Polish-Lithuanian-Teutonic War (1409-1411) was one of the most important battles in medieval Europe, and the largest of its kind to involve knights.

An estimated 40,000 men took to the field in July 1410, as the Polish King Jogaila led a Polish-Lithuanian alliance against the Teutonic Order. The Teutons were routed as the alliance won a resounding victory.

The Panorama museum will bring together a number of important and historic works depicting the battle by Jan Styka, Wojciech Kossak, Tadeusz Popiela, and Zygmunt Rozwadowski including:

- The 100-year-old 5m x 10m painting of the battle by Popiela and Rozwadowski
- A sketch of a planned “Grundwald Panorama” by Styka, originally intended for Krakow’s Barbican
- A version of Kossak’s “Battle of Grundwald”

The special event taking place between 1st and 28th February will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Panorama museum itself.

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