The opening – March 5, 5 p. m.
The Giedraitis dukes are one of Lithuania’s oldest aristocratic families and once ruled over substantial territories and their centres. Symbolically, what is thought to be the homeland of the Gedraitis family – Videniškiai – is home to various monuments of Lithuanian Renaissance architecture and their remnants, i.e., Baltadvaris and the Church of St. Lawrence. The beatification of Mykolas Giedraitis (circa 1420–1485) was officially declared on 8 November 2018. The ducal family line is still alive and currently scattered all around the world.
From 2002, the Molėtai Regional Museum and Art Gallery have used Videniškiai as a site to host what has long not been called en plein air or a symposium every summer. The event is a painters’ studio based on the principles of artistic residence and historical expedition, during which artists explore the heritage and landscape of the Videniškiai region. In the fifteenth to eighteenth century, Videniškiai functioned as a strong intellectual centre and a kind of suburb of Vilnius – the monastery of the Order of Canons, Regular of Penance had a great influence on Lithuanian society at the time.
The exhibition presents the paintings of well-known artists – Aistė Gabrielė Černiūtė, Viktoras Paukštelis, Vidas Poškus, Mindaugas Skudutis – who tried to capture the ducal spirit of the Giedraitis family during their stay in Videniškiai in 2018.