'Stanczyk', by Polish artist Jan Matejko (1837-1893).

The original hangs today in the National Museum in Warsaw. Stanczyk was a historical figure, a sixteenth-century court jester who often acted as the conscience of the king. The painting depicts him with a brooding expression, sadly reflecting on the news of a Polish military defeat, while the King and Queen dance in the adjacent room. Jan Matejko gave the jester his own facial features to express his feelings of despair over Poland's loss of freedom during his lifetime.



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