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Klemens Janicki (Klemens Januszkowski)

(Januszkowo, Poland 1516 – 1543 Krakow, Poland)
Polish poet

Born into a peasant family, Janicki went to an elementary school in Żnin, then to the Lubrański Academy in Poznań, where he studied Greek, Latin, and Ancient Literature. He became secretary he became secretary to the Gniezno Archbishop, Andrzej Krzycki in 1536, giving his access to a culturally high environment. It was this new cultural exposure where began demonstrating his poetic talent.

In 1538, thanks to the economic support of Piotr Kmita, he reached Padua. Janicki studied under the humanist, Lazzaro Bonamico, Pietro Bembo, and Daniele Barbaro then graduated in philosophy in 1540. During the graduation ceremony, Janicki received a crown of laurel from the mayor of Padua, Count Marcantonio Contarini.

Shortly there after, Janicki left Padua due to poor health and return home to Poland. In addition to his poetic production in Latin, a field in which he showed rare talent, he is remembered for a description of life in Padua with great vivacity and interest.

Klemens Janicki

The restoration of the Klemens Janicki canvas has been supported by Graziella Allegri

Klemens Janicki

The restoration of the Klemens Janicki canvas has been supported by Graziella Allegri