Piotr Michałowski [2]

Piotr Michałowski (1800-1855)

Subject: Polish Painters of the Turn of 19th and 20th Centuries
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 800000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2012-11-28
Issue price: 2 pln
At the top, on the left, a semicircular inscription: PIOTR MICHAŁOWSKI. Under the inscription, a stylised image of the bust of Piotr Michałowski. On the right, a stylised fragment of a pencil sketch of “Four-horse hitch”. At the bottom, centrally, a semicircular inscription: 1800-1855.

Designer: Dobrochna Surajewska
An image of the Eagle, established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. To the sides of the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue: 20-12, below the Eagle, an inscription: ZŁ 2 ZŁ. Following the rim, an inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA, (Republic of Poland) preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint mark, M/W, below the Eagle, on the right.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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Piotr Michałowski

To his contemporaries, Piotr Michałowski (1800–1855) stood as a model of a wise citizen, good farmer and state offi cial. His social activity, in particular his philanthropy, were especially admired. Obviously, everyone knew that he painted, and some even were able to appreciate his works, but nobody would treat this activity as anything other than a private passion, an amateur pastime practiced at home. Only in the late 19th century was the phenomenon of his art fi nally discovered, and Michałowski was recognised as the most eminent painter of Polish Romanticism, comparable even to the European artistic celebrities of the era.

The painter came from a wealthy noble family. He had received versatile education, having studied exact and natural science, mathematics, ...

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