(Sycyna, Poland 1530 – Lublin, Poland 1584)
Polish Renaissance poetBorn into the country nobility, Kochanowski father was judge of the district of Sandomierz, and his mother Anna Odrowąż. Kochanoski studied at the Academy of Krakow from 1544 to 1547. Between 1551 and 1552, he stayed in Królewiec Prussia before moving on to Italy. He would settle in Padua for the next five years, formatting his craft that would later entitle him as “The greatest Polish poet” prior to the 19th century.
While in Padua, he encountered the great humanist scholars Francesco Robortello and Bernardino Tomitano and due to some medical issues with his eyes, Kochanowski convalescing in the spas of Abano Terme. After leaving Italy, he spent several months in Królewiec at the court of Albert I of Prussia.
Settling back home in Poland in the spring of 1559, he devoted himself mainly to poetic activity. Establishing himself as the first Polish vernacular poet, and one of the greatest exponents of European Renaissance poetry. His poems include stances of Padua, highlighted with love against the background of the Euganean landscape. A profound admirer of Tito Livio and Francesco Petrarca, he visited the ark in Arquà in which he includes is his poetry.
The restoration of the Jan Kochanowski canvas has been supported by Graziella Allegri