Jan III Sobieski. A Polish King in Vienna
7 July – 1 November 2017
The Winterpalais, Vienna
2017 the Winter Palace in Vienna will host the exhibition “Jan III Sobieski. A Polish King in Vienna”. This event is a common project of the Belvedere museum and four Polish royal residencies – the Wawel Royal Castle, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Royal Łazienki Museum and the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów. The Belvedere museum is the main organizer of the exhibition and the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów is employed in coordinating activities carried out by the Polish institutions.
The main objective of this exhibition is to tell the story of Jan III Sobieski, a major personality of Baroque-era Europe. Although his life and reign coincided with dramatic events, of which the Battle of Vienna (1683) is the best known, his bravery and wisdom covered both his own name and that of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in glory. His rise mirrors the history of a country where European influences mingled with a fascination with the Orient to create an original and rich cultural tapestry. The best way to present King Jan III Sobieski – his life, achievements, but also taste and art patronage – is to display unique art objects from European collections.