Ninety-four masterpieces of religious art by celebrated Italian, French, Dutch and German artists will be on display in an exhibition that opens on Friday at the National Museum in the southern Polish city of Krakow.

The exhibition, focusing on images of the Holy Mary Mother of Mercy, will be the only official art exhibition accompanying this July’s World Youth Day, an international gathering of Catholic youth in southern Poland.

It will feature masterpieces of sacred art by Italian, French, Dutch and German artists from the 11th to the 18th centuries, among them Donatello, Giotto di Bondone, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrei Mantegni, Hans Memling and Peter Paul Rubens.

The exhibition, entitled Maria Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy), will run from July 24 to Oct. 9 under the auspices of Poland’s President Andrzej Duda.

The National Museum in Krakow has organised the exhibition together with the Rome-based John Paul II Foundation for Youth.(PAP)