Conversations with God: Jan Matejko's Copernicus

Christopher Riopelle, Owen Gingerich, and Andrzej Szczerski

View Inside Format: PB-with Flaps
Price: $16.99
YUPOut of Stock
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

Two icons of Polish culture and history, an artist and an astronomer

Largely unknown outside his homeland, Jan Matejko (1838–93) is widely regarded as the national painter of Poland, where he is revered for his huge minutely detailed depictions of key moments in the nation’s history. Focusing on Matejko’s masterpiece, Copernicus, this generously illustrated book introduces the artist to a wider public. His monumental painting celebrates the achievements of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543), whose heliocentric theory transformed our understanding of the universe. Rather than depicting Copernicus at the moment of his discovery, Matejko chose to paint him on a rooftop in his hometown of Frombork, discussing the matter with God. Copernicus was never excommunicated for challenging the authority of the Church; indeed, enlightened clerics of the day celebrated his breakthrough.

Christopher Riopelle is The Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London. Owen Gingerich is professor emeritus of Astronomy and the History of Science, Harvard Univeristy, and senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Andrzej Szczerski is director of the National Museum in Krakow.


The National Gallery, London
(March 25–June 27, 2021)

ISBN: 9781857096699
Publication Date: June 22, 2021
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
80 pages, 10 2/3 x 9
40 color + b/w illus.
A Brush With Nature

The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches
Revised Edition

Christopher Riopelle and Xavier Bray; with an essay by Char

View details
Manet to Picasso

The National Gallery

Christopher Riopelle; With Charlotte Appleyard, Sarah Herri

View details

Challenging the Past

Elizabeth Cowling, Susan Grace Galassi, Christopher Riopell

View details
Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities

Painting, Poetry, Music

Cornelia Homburg; With contributions by Paul Smith and Laur

View details
Paintings by Peder Balke

Marit Ingeborg Lange, Knut Ljøgodt, and Christopher Riopell

View details
Australia's Impressionists

Edited by Christopher Riopelle; With an introduction by Tim

View details