Gediminas Castle and the Hill are historical objects that are valued and familiar to every citizen of Lithuania. The state celebrates the centenary after the proclamation of Lithuania's independence. Gediminas Hill together with the castle is not only a national heritage but also a popular object in Lithuanian art and photography. The virtual exhibition, inspired by the current events, will reveal the most beautiful masterpieces of art, and exhibits displayed in chronological order will show the recorded changes in Gediminas Hill and Castle since the 19th century. This is an invitation to contribute to the preservation and honor of historical memory.
Changing the times and attitudes towards man, his portrayal of art was also changing. The works of Dutch, Polish and Lithuanian artists that were created in the 19th-20th centuries were selected in this virtual exhibition. They depict men who have different social status (people of the countryside, landlords, saints, soldiers), different occupations (writers, painters, farmers) and their activities, such as fishing, work, various ways of relaxation. In the exhibition you can see works by John Rustam, Vytautas Palaima, Romas Juskelis and other painters and photographers.
This exhibition contains thirty portraits of saints and Lithuanian noblemen, which are demonstrated in order to introduce one with the artist’s creative techniques and the religious and historical plot. The works of this artist are relevant today as well. P. Smuglevicius’ portraits are characterized by masterful composition, accurate drawing, distinct and generalized form, and subtle changes in lighting. The artist left behind a vast amount of his paintings that contribute to the creation of Lithuanian culture and formation of the society’s identity.
Exhibition introduces painters of XIX - first half of XX century: Vladas Eidukevičius (1-4, 8, 11, 16, 18, 24, 32 photo.); Pranas Domšaitis (9-10 photo.); Boleslovas Mykolas Ruseckas (26, 31 photo.) and some works of other painters from the Lithuanian Art Museum collections.
Lida Meškaitytė (1926-1993) - a self-taught painter, born on 30th December 1926 in Antšvenčiai, near Smalininkai town. Meškaitytė’s watercolour miniatures are significant heritage of Lithuanian folk art of the second half of the 20th c.
In Lithuanian Art Museum is preserved a part of Lithuanian painter Boleslovas Mykolas Ruseckas creative legacy, the valuable art work is exhibited in the Vilnius Art Gallery. A wider acquaintance of B. M. Ruseckas art work waits for you in this virtual exhibition.