Dr Anna Sobecka from the Institute of Art History at the University of Gdansk has been awarded the prize of the Committee for Research on Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She was awarded for her book “Picturing nature in modern Gdansk. On the collecting culture of the city’.
The book is devoted to representations of nature created in Gdańsk in the 17th and 18th centuries, analysing local artistic and scientific collections. The author spent years collecting archival material, searching for Gdansk artworks both in graphic collections scattered all over Europe and in the warehouses of museums or private collections.
Previously undervalued graphics or unknown drawings, as well as oil paintings by Gdańsk artists depicting mainly plants and animals, became the basis for reconstructing the collaboration between artists and scholars in former Gdańsk. The book is an attempt to describe the cultural phenomenon of the city on the Motlawa River in the 17th and 18th centuries and to present it in a broader European context.