Portrait of Antoni Bielski

Jozef Chojnicki

Basic information
Jozef Chojnicki
Portrait of Antoni Bielski
Date of creation
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
91.2 x 69.5
Information about author
Jozef Chojnicki
Artist's lifetime
c. 1745 – after 1812
Jozef Chojnicki was a Polish painter, who was born and died in Lviv. He was a student of Stanislaw Stroinski. He was working with religious and portrait painting. He painted the Dominican church in Ternopil, as well as several works for the Lviv Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, namely "Angels and St. Stanislaus", "St. Wenceslaus and Florian" and others. The portrait of the French queen Marie Antoinette (Ж-1782) signed by the author is a part of the Olesko Castle collection.
Object description
Antoni Bielski was a count, court master of the hunt, owner of the village of Peniak in the Lviv region, and a cavalier of the Order of the White Eagle, which he received in 1782. One of the main places in the family galleries was occupied by spouses’ portraits. These were often half-length portraits of married couples in formal poses. They were always placed side by side. The portrait of Count Antoni is paired with the image of his wife, Tekla Bielski. The painting shows the man slightly turned to the right. He is dressed in a brown kontusz girded with an expensive kontusz belt, on which one can see the Order and the Star of the White Eagle. On the bottom of the painting, there is the author's inscription “Josephus Choynicki pinxit 1782. 12 Aprilis”.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Antoni Bielski
Lifetime of the person portrayed