Jan Matejko. Establishing Christianity
Original graphics made in heliogravure technique according to Jan Matejko’s painting “Introduction of Christianity”. Graphics from the turn of the 19th and 20th century
The painting by Jan Matejko depicting the establishment of Christianity in 965 opened the cycle History of Civilisation in Poland and was painted in early 1889. It depicts the arrival of the Czech princess Dobráva and the introduction of Western civilisation to the Polany lands. The painting by Jan Matejko is located in the Royal Castle in Warsaw (a depository of the National Museum).
Graphics in sepia colour have a visible stamp of the plate (matrix) typical for heliogravure
Heliogravurera (gr.helio + gravure) – a kind of concave printing technique consisting in photographic transfer of the image onto a metal plate (usually copper) and etching with light-sensitive emulsion in such a way that the brightest places create the shallowest recesses. Heliogravurera was invented in 1879 by Karel Klíč and spread in the 19th century. Due to costs and the long process of making prints, it was replaced by rotogravure over time. Today it is used sporadically for the reproduction of works of art, in case it is necessary to make a small number of very high quality copies. Heliogravure is a very precise technique, perfectly reflecting the colour saturation, hence its frequent use for the artistic reproduction of works of art.
Condition: very good-