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Adomas Mickevičius

Adam Mickiewicz

Zavosse (Belarus) 1798 - Constantinople [Istanbul] 1855
Polish national poet, dramatist, essayist, publicist, translator, professor of Slavic literature, and political activist
Gediminas Jokūbonis & Henryk Kuna
1984 (1930s)

Vilnius /  Adomas Mickevičius   Vilnius /  Adomas Mickevičius


Granite statue by Jokūbonis, showing Mickiewicz leaning on a column. In 1996, the bas-reliefs from the never completed monument of Mickiewicz by Henryk Kuna were placed behind the monument. There are six bas-reliefs (out of 12 that were originally planned). They depicts scenes from Mickiewicz's work Dziady (Forefather's Eve):

Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius
  1. U Senatora / Pas Senatorių / At the Senator
  2. Widmo zlego pana / Pikto pono šmėkla / The shadow of the evil lord
  3. Cela Konrada / Konrado tiklas / Konrad's cell
  4. Na cmentarzu / Kapinėse /At the cemetery
  5. Spotkanie Konrada z ks. Piotrem / Konrado susitikimas su kun. Petru / Konrad's meeting with Fr. Peter
  6. Droga na zeslanie / Kelias į tremtį / The road to exile
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Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius
Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius
Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius
Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius
Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius
Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius




In the early 1930s the sculptor Henryk Kuna was chosen for a project to sculpt a statue of Polish national hero Adam Mickiewicz for the city of Vilnius. His work progressed on a number of bas reliefs, evocative of the romantic themes of Mickiewicz's writing, which were to surround the statue. When the Nazis invaded in 1939, the monument site was largely destroyed by a bomb, and under their occupation many of the bas reliefs were hauled off to a cemetery as paving stones. A new sculpture by Gediminas Jokūbonis was unveiled in 1984 with Kuna's surviving bas reliefs emplaced behind it.

Vilnius - Adomas Mickevičius


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Item Code: lt018; Photograph: 12 July 2013
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