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Jerzy Eleuter Szymonowicz Siemiginowski (c.1660 - c.1711) was a Polishmarker painter of the Baroque, court painter of king John III Sobieski and was a Polish–Lithuanian noble.

Life

Siemiginowski (born as Szymonowicz) was the son of a painter, Jerzy Szymonowicz and Teodozjia nee Korunka.

Siemiginowski-Eleuter was the main artist who was responsible for decorating and painting of the interior of Wilanów Palacemarker in Warsawmarker.

His painting was heavily influenced by French artists of the Baroque. It seems probable the artist had already spent at least a year, possibly two, in Parismarker. Later he visited Romemarker, where he received the title of Eques Auratus from the Pope. These travels suggest some compositional and iconographic similarities with Charles Le Brun's mural from 1672 in Jean-Baptiste Colbert's suburban Paris residence at Sceaux in his works. Siemiginowski used for his own creative ends the elements of the monumental composition by Le Brun, applying them to compositions that were new and different. It is worth emphasizing the knowledge, masterly skill and independence of this artist as witnessed not only in the solutions adopted to compositional difficulties but also appearing in the creating of the original iconography of the Wilanów four seasons.

Siemiginowski painted many frescoes, notable for their many colors. His subject matter varied between dramatic scenes to peaceful landscapes. His four plafonds of the four seasons are well known. He painted the portrait of the Royal family in classical style, with the King and others composed in Roman poses.

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Works in Wilanów Palace

Ceiling paintings

Image:SiemiginowskiJerzy.1683.Zima.jpg|Allegory of Winter, 1683Image:Lato.jpg|Allegory of Summer, 1680s

Portraits

Image:Queen Marie Casimire with Children.jpg|Queen Marie Casimire with children, 1684Image:SiemiginowskiJerzy.1686.JanIIISobieskiPodWiedniem.jpg|John III Sobieski at the Battle of Vienna, 1686

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