0219 Private Gardens of the Tyszkiewiczs, Bnińskis, and the Potulickis Designed by Édouard André in Poland and Lithuania

  • Małgorzata Omilanowska (Author)
    Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk (ISPAN) (Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, Poland

    Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Omilanowska is a Polish art historian. She studied history of art at Warsaw University and history of architecture at the Technical University in Berlin. She works as a professor at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and at the Institute of History of Art at Gdansk University. In the years 2012–2014 she was deputy minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2014–2105 minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Polish Republic. She specializes in the art and architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries, publishing on such issues as the search for a national style and national and regional identity in the architecture of Central-European countries. She was a fellow of many scholarly institutions in Europe, among them the British Academy, the Herder Institute in Marburg, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Besides many articles, she has authored eleven art history books. She was involved in many exhibition projects, among others in „Tür an Tür. Polen – Deutschland. 1000 Jahre Kunst und Geschichte” (Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2011) as editor of the catalogue. She is also active in the field of monument preservation and museology.

Identifiers (Article)


One of the most outstanding designers of 19th-century European gardens was Édouard André, famous both as a theoretician, author of numerous publications, and first of all as a practitioner: designer of several hundred of private and public park layouts for clients from around the world. These also included Polish aristocrats: the Bnińskis, Potulickis and the Tyszkiewiczs, for whom he designed park complexes preserved until today in Poland: Samostrzel and Potulice, as well as in Lithuania: in Landwarów (Lentvaris), Zatrocze (Užutrakis), Waka (Trakų Vokė), and Połąga (Palanga). The recreation of the history of laying out these parks and their analysis allow to enrich our knowledge of André’s creative methods and of the organization of his business on the one hand, and of the ambitions and potential of the landowners of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on the other.


Édouard André, garden architect, Bniński, Potulicki, Tyszkiewicz, Samostrzel, Potulice, Landwarów, Lentvaris, Zatrocze, Užutrakis, Waka, Trakų Vokė, Połąga, Palanga