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Wawel Royal Castle
State Art Collection

31-001 Kraków, Wawel 5

Switchboard:
(+48 12) 422-51-55, 422-61-21
zamek@wawel.org.pl

Tourist Information:
(+48 12) 422 51 55
ext. 219
informacja@wawel.org.pl

Reservations and Guide Service:
(+48 12)
422 16 97
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Press contact:
(+48 12) 422 51 55
ext. 380, 341
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Painting and sculpture

Exhibits in the Wawel museum have been restored throughout the period since its establishment. In the interwar period one of the major enterprises in this respect was the renovation of Renaissance sculpted heads from the ceiling of the Envoys’ Room, conducted by Prof. Wiesław Zarzycki. After World War II Dr. Tadeusz Mańkowski, the head of the Wawel State Art Collection, organised a modern Painting and Sculpture Restoration Workshop which also included artistic artefacts. For almost thirty years the workshop was managed by the renowned restorer Prof. Rudolf Kozłowski, whose inventions in the field of conservation technology are still used at Wawel. Later the Workshop was managed by Jan Błyskosz and Anna Kostecka; at present its manager is Ewa Wiłkojć, the Chief Museum Restorer. Wawel painting and sculpture exhibits are looked after by seven highly qualified restorers.

In the 50 years after the Second World War several hundred paintings and sculptures, often of high artistic value, were thoroughly restored. One of the major achievements of the workshop is the restoration, started in 1994, of over eighty Gothic and Renaissance Italian paintings, mostly painted on wood, from the Lanckoroński family collection. Restoration is preceded by specialist physico- chemical and dendrological research, and the formal analysis of each work, in cooperation with many academic institutions, particularly the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

The Painting and Sculpture Restoration Workshop, redesigned and rearranged in 2000, meets world standards, and is one of the most modern and best equipped institutions of its kind in Poland.

Ewa Wiłkojć
  1. Bartolo di Fredi, Saint Augustine, 4th quarter of the 14th c. (Lanckoroński family collection), wood, tempera, gilt. Painting under ultraviolet light.

  2. Bartolo di Fredi, Saint Augustine, 1380 –1426, tempera, wood. Painting under analytic infrared light.

  3. Bartolo di Fredi, Saint Augustine, 1380 –1426, tempera, wood. Painting during restoration.

  4. The main room of the Painting and Sculpture Restoration Workshop, with air conditioning and spot extraction fans which can be positioned over the restorer’s workplace. It is also equipped with specialist lamps, magnifying glasses and binocular microscopes.

  5. Impregnation room, with a laboratory workstation and an impregnation table, accessible from all sides. Over the table is a spot extraction fan with lowered hood, which enables work with a lot of chemical reagents.

  6. X-ray machine enables the analysis of X-rays in comparison with the exhibit under research.

  7. A unique table for gluing wooden undercoatings, constructed by Rudolf Kozłowski.

  8. Photographic atelier.
Zoom in - Bartolo di Fredi. Painting under ultraviolet light.
Bartolo di Fredi. Painting under ultraviolet light.
Zoom in - Bartolo di Fredi. Painting under analytic infrared light.
Bartolo di Fredi. Painting under analytic infrared light.
Zoom in - Bartolo di Fredi. Painting during restoration.
Bartolo di Fredi. Painting during restoration.
Zoom in - The main room of the Painting and Sculpture Restoration Workshop.
The main room of the Painting and Sculpture Restoration Workshop.
Zoom in - Impregnation room.
Impregnation room.
Zoom in - X-ray machine.
X-ray machine.
Zoom in - A unique table for gluing wooden undercoatings.
A unique table for gluing wooden undercoatings.
Zoom in - Photographic atelier.
Photographic atelier.
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