Museum workers take out paintings from the basement. Conservations of the Prussian Homage. Conservators at work.
The grand gallery of Polish painting in Cracow's National Museum was subject to great damage during the time of German occupation. The Germans stole about 200 paintings to decorate offices, casinoes and private apartments. The rest was starting to decay in storerooms. The extant masterpieces are being conservated intensely at the moment. The famous Four by Chełmoński. Matejko's Prussian Homage and Wernyhora. Malczewski's Death of Ellenai. Along with restoration of paintings, other works of art and cultural relics are being conservated. Soon the exhibition rooms of Sukiennice, displaying the extant masterpieces of Polish art, will be opened.