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- Author unspecified
- Date of production probably a copy of an earlier image made in the 17th century
- Place of creation Poland
- Dimensions height: 210 cm, width: 121 cm
- ID no. ZKWawel 3239
- Availability Envoys’ Room
- Acquired date donated by Ludwik Morstin in 1947
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, 2014
The Portrait of Sigismund I the Old is one of the very few preserved painted portraits of the ruler. The researchers suppose that it was a prototype of the portrait hanging above the entrance to Sigismund's Chapel, attributed to Andrzej, the painter unknown by his surname.more
The Portrait of Sigismund I the Old depicts the king indoors, shown frontally in a standing pose, and wearing a red overcoat lined with dark brown fur with a broad collar. The king's head is covered by a fur cap. On the right, in the background, a table can be seen covered with light brown fabric (shown rather ineptly, foreshortened), on which a crown is placed, being a symbol of royal power. On the left, the depiction also contains a brown curtain drawn back.
The Portrait of Sigismund I the Old is one of the very few preserved painted portraits of the ruler. The researchers suppose that it was a prototype of the portrait hanging above the entrance to Sigismund's Chapel, attributed to Andrzej, the painter unknown by his surname (probably Andrzej Jungholcz of Bavaria, as there exists a bill issued to this artist's name for the king's portrait painted in 1546). It is supposed that the painting was created at the beginning of the 17th century. In terms of its style, it resembles German portraits of the 3rd quarter of the 16th century.
Elaborated by Joanna Winiewicz-Wolska PhD (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved