Bartłomiej P. Wróblewski



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Stańczyk



The painting Stańczyk during a Ball at the Court of Queen Bona after the Loss of Smoleńsk presents the most famous court jester in the Polish history. Stańczyk (ca.1480 - 1560) has been always remembered for being a critical observer of Polish government and politics rather than a mere entertainer. He used his job to criticize mistakes of his contemporaries and warn against their short-term and long-term consequences for the country and the society.

In the Polish culture Stańczyk has been rather a symbolic than just a historic figure. He stands for conservative political philosophy: realistic patriotism and skeptical political wisdom. Thus Stańczyk represents a school of political and constitutional thought in Poland.


Copyright B. P. W. © 2004 - 2006. Ostatnio zmodyfikowane: 3 XI 2005.