Jan Matejko - Skarga's Sermon

SKARGA'S SERMON

Skarga's Sermon was Matejko's first historical crowd composition. He drew his inspiration from Piotr Skarga's Seym Sermons, a volume of never delivered sermons in which the author condemned the licence of the gentry and the magnates, which he saw as the gravest danger to Poland. It was a warning that no one heeded. In the canvas, Piotr Skarga, the preacher of King Sigismund III, depicted by Matejko with his own features, delivers one of his sermons in the royal cathedral at the Wawel Hill in Cracow.
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sketch (detail 1)

King Sigismund III (detail 2)


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