Skapo Street, with its picturesque arch, running between Pilies and Universiteto streets, is also popular in works of art. It is the narrowest street in Vilnius, with a 1.9-metre-wide road. Its name comes from Stanisław Skap, a royal secretary who lived in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th century and had a house there. In this picture by Jan Gintowt-Dziewałtowski (1904–1980), the street is pictured at a very romantic time of day, late on a winter’s afternoon. The cold blue nocturnal colours are warmed by a street lamp, and by the lights in small windows in the houses, which gives the Old Town a feeling of tranquillity and warmth. As in his other canvases, the artist combined different types of brushwork: he painted the walls, the roofs and the snow-covered cobbles with fine-coloured and vibrant brushwork; and he painted the sky quite evenly, thus emphasising the playfulness of the different textures. Text author Laima Laučkaitė.


  • Title: Skapo Street in Vilnius
  • Creator: Jan Gintowt–Dziewałtowski
  • Date Created: 1930s
  • Physical Dimensions: 46cm x 36cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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