The capital’s conservator of monuments, Michał Krasucki, appeals to Warsaw residents for help. I am urgently looking for color photos of the tenement house at 4 New Town Square. They are needed to reconstruct the painted decorations.
“We need your help. Dig through your home photo archives. Maybe you will find old, but colorful photos of the tenement house at Rynek Nowy Miasto 4,” the capital’s conservator appealed on social media.
He explained that it was a reconstruction of the painting decorations from 1956, which are practically no longer visible. The photos obtained by the conservator are either blurry or fragmentary.
“Our research confirmed the technique in which they were made, but we still don’t know a lot. For example, were the representations treated in a painterly or graphic manner? In chiaroscuro or maybe flat? We also do not have information on which parts were highlighted with the characteristic yellow-ochre color,” he explained. conservator.
Color photos of the facade of this tenement house from the times when the polychromes were still visible can be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the few
The house at Rynek Nowe Miasto 4 is Kajetan Jurkowski’s tenement house, built in 1784. It is one of the few in the Old and New Town area that was not destroyed during World War II. After the war, it was renovated and decorated with painted decorations. Figural and floral representations were placed on the facades facing the New Town Square and ul. Pedestrian. The front of the tenement house is decorated with four figures: the Trumpeter, the Orator, Diana and the Hunter, and from the street Two stylized trees walking. The decorations were made in 1956 by Jacek Sempoliński, when the artist was still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The building was entered into the register of monuments.
Main photo source: conservator of monuments in the capital