Adam Mickiewicz Monument

  Rynek Główny ,   Old Town         01 Mar 2022

One of the most important statues in Poland, the large likeness of the romantic poet and national hero Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855) was originally unveiled in 1898 to celebrate the centenary of the great man’s birth, and, like so many other symbols of national pride was destroyed by the occupying Germans during WWII. The statue that stands in the Rynek today is a 1955 copy of Teodor Rygier’s original, and is a popular and easily recognisable meeting place. Lithuanian-born Mickiewicz (whose most famous work, Pan Tadeusz begins with the words ‘Lithuania, my country!’ and who is known and loved by the Lithuanians as Adomas Mickevičius) never visited Kraków until 35 years after his death. His body lies at rest in the Royal Crypts just down the road at Wawel.


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On looking closer at the monument I was disturbed to see that the little girl sat by the woman playing the lute on the 'Poetry' side of the monument is portrayed with her bodice undone and the strap pulled down her shoulder so that her chest is clearly exposed. It's very creepy to have chosen to show a child half-dressed. Any idea why (other than the excuse that it's 'art' so they can be as creepy as they like?)
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