The Sceptre of Mastership in Art

This unique award is given by Krakow city council for the outstanding contribution in Polish art and culture. Till this moment only few artists were honoured by this award:

  • Jan Matejko in 1877, who gave it back to the city as a protest against the demolishing of the buildings of the Holy Spirit Hospital;
  • Ludwik Solski in 1945;
  • Bolesław Drobner in 1960.
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