The upcoming summer can greatly disappoint visitors of Warsaw National Museum - the famous iconic picture of the Polish artist Jan Matejko "Battle of Grunwald" will be transferred for conservation works.
This year promises to be quite special for the majority of Poles, Lithuanians and Belarusians. In July 2010 they will celebrate the 600 anniversary of one of the most famous medieval battles, the Battle of Grunwald, which took place on July 15, 1410, in which the knights of the Polish Kingdom and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania under the leadership of King Jagiello and Vitovt defeated the mighty forces of the Teutonic Order.
Festivities dedicated to 600 anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald promise to be held with an exceptional scale. From 15 to July 18, visitors will experience a unique reconstruction of the Battle of Grunwald, horse parades, jousting tournaments, medieval festivities, fairs, numerous concerts of folk music and unforgettable Fire Festival.
However, despite the exceptional programs of Grunwald Days, tourists who wish not only to join the festivities in Grunwald, but after spending a few days in the Polish capital, to visit the famous National Museum in Warsaw may be disappointed. Only a few weeks before the celebration a unique picture of Polish artist Jan Matejko "Battle of Grunwald", which is one of the largest canvases in the world depicting the battle, will be transferred for conservation. The restoration works and conservation of painting will take about 18 months.
Lovers of art will be able to observe the process of preservation of religious paintings "Battle of Grunwald" in the process of work. Painting will be returned to its former place in the National Museum in Warsaw at the end of the project.