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de Ropp Polish Art Collection  

This website invites students of history, art, religion, and foreign affairs to explore the compelling history of Poland through this art collection on public display in the campus library since 1958.
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Library Closure for Renovation

While the library prepares for a building renovation this summer, the entire Polish Art Collection is not available for viewing from May 1st, 2017 through at least the month of August 2017.

It is likely the same situation will be true once again in the summer of 2018 when a second phase of renovation occurs.


de Ropp Polish Art Collection of Le Moyne College

Photo: Stefan de Ropp and Grover Whalen

History: Polish Pavilion & Stefan de Ropp

President of the 1939 NY World's Fair Corporation, Grover Whalen (right), meets with Baron Stefan de Ropp, Commissioner of the Polish Pavilion and donor to Le Moyne College of paintings and tapestries on Polish history.

Artist: Tadeusz Purszkowski

Artists: Brotherhood of St. Luke

Tadeusz Pruszkowski founded the Brotherhood of St. Luke--the artists who were commissioned to create the seven paintings on Polish history for the Polish Pavilion of the 1939-40 NY World's Fair.

Close-up: Artist Signatures

Paintings on Polish History

Take a journey from 1000 to 1791 AD as Poland traverses the world stage, undaunted.

Close-up: Tapestry bird

Szymański Tapestries

These four tapestries overlaid with embroidery were first displayed in Paris at a 1937 international exhibition before they traveled to New York to be displayed in the Hall of Honor of the Polish Pavilion.


Upper left: Baron Stefan de Ropp with Grover Whalen from the New York Public Library Digital Collections; Upper right: Tadeusz Pruszkowski from Wikicommons; Lower left: list of artists of the Brotherhood of St. Luke from painting, Le Moyne College, by Inga H. Barnello; Lower right: embroidered bird in tapestry "King John and Queen Marysienka," Le Moyne College, by Inga H. Barnello

Noreen Reale Falcone Library Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214 tel: 315-445-4153 • fax: 315-445-4642

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