Tuesday, August 28, 2012

God was watching

The Christianization of Poland (1889) by the Polish painter Jan Matejko (1838-1893). Above all it's a symbolic painting. People are plowing, cutting timber while others are being baptized and all is illuminated by the divine light from above.


  1. When did the first baptism occur in Poland? I wonder what the situation was, in 1889, that would have promoted an interest in medieval church history. Some increased sense of nationalism, perhaps.

  2. Nobody will know when the first baptism occured because Bohemian monks were already working for years when the first king of Poland Mieszko I was baptized in 966.
    So I think that Matejko refers to 966 which is the "official" entry of Poland into the Christian world.