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Rediscovered Quo Vadis paintings on show

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Nick Hodge 05.09.2014 12:54
A series of 22 paintings created to accompany the serialisation of the novel Quo Vadis by Nobel-Prize-winning author Henryk Sienkiewicz is going on show in Oblegorek, central Poland.

A selection of the 22 paintings by Piotr Stachiewicz. Photo: PAP/Michal Walczak

Considered lost for many years, the paintings by Piotr Stachiewicz were recently rediscovered in the United States, and they are being exhibited at Oblegorek's Henryk Sienkiewicz Museum, a branch of the National Museum in Kielce.

Sienkiewicz's 1895 novel, which is set in the decadent Rome of Emperor Nero, was translated into 50 languages. A 1951 Hollywood adaptation starring Peter Ustinov as the emperor was the highest grossing US movie of that year.

Photo: PAP/Michal Walczak

Stachiewicz's paintings were used to illustrate instalments of the tale during its serialisation in Polish newspapers.

“This illustrator was exceptionally important for Sienkiewicz,” commented d Deputy Director of the National Museum in Kielce Daria Dyktyńska, at a press conference promoting the show.

“There was a special bond of friendship between them.”

The Henryk Sienkiewicz Museum is located in a manor house that once belonged to the author, and the exhibition will open to the public on Saturday 6 September. (nh)

Source: PAP

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