Banks of the Neris. Strategic Bridge in Žvėrynas
Banks of the Neris. Strategic Bridge in Žvėrynas

Banks of the Neris. Strategic Bridge in Žvėrynas

Author: Narsbski Stefan, 1892 - 1966

Created, location: 1932, Vilnius.

Material / technique: aquarelle on paper.

Dimensions: 35x28 cm.

Signature: S.N (?) / 1932 / Wilno (in the bottom-right corner of the painting); Stefan Narsbski 1932 / Bnegi Wilji. / “Strategiczny“ most na / Zwieniinen (in the back side of the painting).

The Vilnius architect Stefan Narębski (1892–1966) studied at a specialised gymnasium in Vilnius, and before the First World War he attended the Civil Engineering Institute in St Petersburg and the Polytechnic Institute in Warsaw. He settled in Vilnius in 1928, and worked as a city architect, teaching at Stephen Báthory University until 1939. He designed residential buildings and a school in Antakalnis, restored the Bishops’ Palace, and designed royal sarcophagi for the cathedral crypt. After the Second World War, he left for Poland, and lived in Warsaw. In 1932, Narębski painted a watercolour of the view of the banks of the Neris from Karoliniškės. He conveyed the details very precisely: the sandy banks of the river, the crumbling slopes with fir trees slipping down them, and the bridge over the Neris in the distance. A narrow railway went over the bridge from Vingis Park through Žvėrynas to Saltoniškės. Before the war, the bridge was called ‘strategic’, as it was built in the 1920s for logistical purposes. In Soviet times, part of the railway in Vingis Park was adapted as an amusement for children. The bridge has not survived, but the remains of its abutments are still standing on the riverbank.

Reference: Art album "Vilnius Topophilia" (Volume I) Compiled by L. Laučkaitė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2014, I Vol.P. 314.

Published: Art album "Vilnius Topophilia" (Volume I) Compiled by L. Laučkaitė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2014, I Vol.P. 315.