Jan Białostockie death. Prof. Białostocki (1921-1988) was one of the most
outstanding Polish art historians in the period after World War II. He was
a professor of Warsaw Unwersity (from 1962), a long term curator of the
Foreign Painting Gallery at the National Museum in Warsaw (from 1953), and
the creator of the Bulletin du Musee National de Varsovie.
On this occasion many events to celebrate His memory were organised by
various scientific circles He was associated with.
The Institute of Art History of Warsaw University together with the
Association of Art Historians (Białostocki served as the president of the latter
in the years 1963-1979) devoted their annual conference to His memory and
named it Ars Longa. The presentations given on this occasion were later
published in Polish in a book of the same title.
The National Museum in Warsaw prepared an exhibitio« Sztuka cenniejsza
niż złoto. Obrazy, rysunki, ryciny dawnych mistrzów europejskich ze zbiorów
polskich, (Art Morę Precious than Gold. Paintings, Drawings, Etchings by the
Old European Masters from the Polish Collections, March - May, 1999)
referring to the title of Białostocki^ most popular book. The exhibition
gathered nearly two hundreds of the most precious items from the Polish public
and Church collections.
The Bulletin du Musee National de Varsovie joins these celebrations by this
ąuadruple number contaimng the articles by BialostockPs collaborators and
students concerning mainly the art works from the collections of the National
Museum in Warsaw studied by Him at some point, or the topics close to His
scientific interests. A number of the papers have already been presented at the
Ars Longa conference.