The exhibition comprises painting, sculpture and decorative arts arranged chronologically. It starts from the collection of portraits (17th- 18thc.) that are a very specific phenomenon in Polish Baroque art. Works of artists from the circle of court painters to King Stanisław August, as Marceli Bacciarelli and Bernardo Bellotto (known in Poland as Canaletto) reflect principles of Classicism, similarly to works by Jan Chrzciciel Lampi and also portraits by Jan Rustem and Kazimierz Wojniakowski. Painting of the second half of the 19thc. is represented by works of Artur Grottger and Jan Matejko. Apart from Grottger's paintings his famous drawings' seriesWarsaw IandWarare shown occasionally (having regard to conservational rules). The Museum's holdings includes also, among other works by Matejko, his last, unfinished paintingThe Oath of King Jan Kazimierzand a sequence of drawingsThe Galaxy of Polish Kings and Princess. On display are works by Henryk Rodakowski, Wilhelm Leopolski, Wojciech Gerson, Józef Szermentowski, Józef Chełmoński, Aleksander Gierymski and Maurycy Gottlieb.