Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace
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This Gothic-Renaissance palace was founded in the early 16th century by the Bishop of Płock Erazm Ciołek, the secretary to King Aleksander Jagiellon. Now it houses two permanent exhibitions: Art of Old Poland. The 12th–18th Century and Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Republic. The most important exhibits in the gallery are Gothic paintings and sculptures, from the 14th to the early 16th century, including the fascinating statue of the Madonna of Krużlowa (ca 1410) and a collection of icons – unknown to a wider public – which is one of the oldest and most valuable collections of Orthodox painting in Central Europe. In the cellars of the Palace on display is a study collection of architectural details entitled Krakow within Reach: a few hundred historic copies of the most precious architectural sculptures from all over Poland, e.g., from Wawel Cathedral, St Mary’s Church and other buildings.
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