Piotr Michałowski [20]

Piotr Michałowski (1800-1855)

Subject: Polish Painters of the Turn of 19th and 20th Centuries
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Dimensions: 40x28 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 30000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: pad printing
Date of issue: 2012-11-28
Issue price: 185 pln
Along the left rim of the coin, in its top part, an inscription: 1800-1855. On the left-hand side of the coin, a stylised image of the artist’s bust against the background of a landscape from Sieniawa, based on a watercolour by Piotr Michałowski. Along the bottom rim of the coin, an inscription: Piotr Michałowski, against the background of a separate surface. On the right, at the bottom, a stylised image of a palette and three paintbrushes. On the palette, red, yellow, green and blue paint.

Designer: Dobrochna Surajewska
Stylised image of watercolour by Michałowski “Stablemen with horses and a dog”. At the bottom, on the right, an image of the Eagle, established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. Around the Eagle, from bottom and right to left, an inscription: 20 ZŁ, and, following a separating dot an inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (Republic of Poland) and the notation of the year of issue: 2012. The Mint mark, M/W, below the Eagle, on the right.

Designer: Dobrochna Surajewska

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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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