Art and Charity: Development of New Social Practices in Lviv in the Late 18th Century – Early 19th Century
September 6, 2016
Center for Urban History, Lviv
The lecture was going to mention little known facts from public life of Lviv of the "Austrian period" related to the organization of charity art exhibitions. Broader understanding of social responsibility for the fate of the destitute and poor was an achievement of Enlightenment. Upon the whole, "fashion for charity" spread in the mid 19th c. when participation in charity funds was becoming prestigious. Lviv was not an exception, either, as compared to other cities in Central Europe.
The role of artists and art patrons, as well as different social and ethnic groups in the city united by the noble goal, appeared quite peculiar within this new social initiative. Special role in the development of charity institutions in Lviv back in the 18th c. belonged to representatives of Armenian community of the city. Of significance were charity lotteries with the pieces of art organized by efforts of women in the city. The exhibitions allowed local artists to enter a broader public space for the first time, show their pieces and find new clients. As to orphans and the poor, it was an opportunity to feel certain financial and moral support from urban community.
Сover Image: Wincenty Kasprzycki. Fine Arts Exhibition in Warsaw in 1828