Page 4, 10th November 1978

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Page 4, 10th November 1978 — Krakow clanger
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Krakow clanger

I wish to correct the information given by Patrick O'Donovan in his note of October 27 about Krakow that the splendid triptych in the Church of Our Lady in Krakow the photograph of which is reproduced on the same page "came from Germany".

It was made in Krakow (the work started in 1477) and it reflects in many details the medieval life of Poland. its human faces, its costumes and even its plants and flowers.

Its author, called in Poland Wit Stwosz and in Germany Veit Stoss (about 1447-1553) was of German origin but spent most of his active life in Poland and left there his son Stanislas. a much less talented artist.

He belongs to Polish art and Polish culture in general in the same way in which El Greco belongs to the art and culture of Spain.

By the way, the Church of Our Lady which Mr O'Donovan describes is not the Krak6w cathedral. The cathedral, in which the tombs of Polish kings are and in which the present Pope was Archbishop (and 900 years earlier St Stanislas was Bishop) is not at the market place, but at Mount Wawel, a sort of Krakow Acropolis.

The Church ot Our Lady is and always was only a splendid parish church.

Jedrzej Glertych

London N15




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