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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.

Sunday, July 3 will be the final day for public viewing of this collection before they are packed and shipped to Poland.

The future home of the seven paintings and four tapestries will be the new National History Museum in Warsaw which is expected to open late in the summer 2022. 

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

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