Joanna Zatorska

Stockholm university

PhD student in Polish culture and literature at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German, Stockholm University. Zatorska has has been a student of art history and cultural studies She is deeply interested in Polish-Swedish relations, with the focus on Polish cultural heritage objects in Swedish collections. Currently Zatorska is currently writing a dissertation on the 16th and 17th century prints from Władysław Konstanty Wituski’s book collection preserved at Skokloster Castle.

Item of interest: Władysław Konstanty Wituski’s book collection
The prints belonging to Władysław Konstanty Wituski’s book collection were among the war booty taken by Carl Gustav Wrangel from private libraries of Polish gentry.  Fifty-eight Latin, Polish and French texts are signed with the Latinized version of Władysław Konstanty Wituski’s name and function: Vladislai Constantini Wituski Succameranii Gostiensis. In my dissertation, I investigate political and historical consciousness, social relations, scientific horizons and religious imagery emerging from the books and belonging to the factors shaping Wituski’s intellectual outlook. The study aims to broaden the knowledge of Polish 16th- and 17th-century literature as well as to deepen the understanding of mentality, intellectual culture and reading habits characteristic of the times of the Sarmatian Baroque.