Silesia Rediviva: The Baroque period in Silesia -- Collection of Art and Handicrafts from the National Museum in Wrocław, Poland
December 18, 2018 - March 24, 2019 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Room A, B1
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II. Flourishing of Baroque Art


The Baroque originated from Italy in the mid-16th century, and flourished through the entire 17th century. It arrived in Silesia nearly a century later due to instability caused by wars. Being a primary war zone during the Thirty Years War, Silesia had suffered heavy losses. Cities were sabotaged, most people lived in poverty; and stagnation in social development was holding the cultural recovery back. However, the results of this war provided opportunities for the arrival of the turning point for artistic development in Silesia: firstly, Silesia was once again back under the control of the Catholic Churches. And secondly, Silesia was, geographically, close to two Baroque art centers: Vienna in Austria and Prague in Bohemia — the domains of the Holy Roman Emperors. Being in this location had a significant impact on art in Silesia during the Baroque period. When the Protestant churches were replaced by the Catholic establishments, the reserved, simple-formed art was also substituted by the imaginative, passionate and, flamboyant Baroque art. It was then that the shaded Silesian art stepped into the limelight and flourished. Michael Lucas Leopold Willmann the painter and Matthias Steinl the sculptor were the two great artists who stood out representing the highest achievement of early Baroque art in Silesia. They devoted their lives to the creation of artwork for churches and the public, and have gained worldwide appreciation and recognition by their masterpieces of imagination and artistic inspirations. Therefore, they were the most renowned Baroque figures in the Silesian art history.


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