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Twelfth Century

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1913-1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 223

Although he spent most of his adult life living in Paris, the painter and graphic artist Konstanty Brandel often visited his native Poland and continued to consider himself a Polish artist. His work may be described as Symbolist and has much in common with that of figures such as Odilon Redon and Gustave Doré, although Hieronymus Bosch, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Francisco de Goya have also been cited as possible influences.

Brandel’s imagery often includes architecture or disturbing landscapes. Both are frequently inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour and sometimes endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. These fantasies often have an obsessive quality about them. Here scenes from the bible and Christian iconography are bound together with figures of kings and bishops to fill every inch of the picture space.

Physical description

Manic, agorophobic scene of figures from Christian mythology and the bible in a wildly Piranesian architectural fantasy setting. Including dragons, Christ Pantocrator, Church elders, demons, kings and queens etc.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1913-1915 (made)


Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signature, very tiny, in pencil, just below plate on right


Height: 26.8 cm plate, Width: 30.3 cm plate, Height: 31.6 cm sheet, Width: 44.8 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel: 'XIIieme Siècle [XIIth century], etching, 1913-1915.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 98


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted



Architecture; Christianity; Prints; Religion

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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