Coffin Portrait of Marcin Solski
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In the 17th century, the burial of a prominent noble was accompanied by a ceremony in which the portrait of the deceased played a defining role. The casket portraits were drawn "ad vivum" (as if alive) on a silver, copper or tin plate. They had a hexagonal shape, which was due to their placement on the end of the coffin. In the seventeenth century, it was strictly hexagonal; in the 18th century, the basis remains the same hexagonal shape, which acquires a complicated baroque profile. The first requirement for such portraits was to be as similar as possible to the face portrayed. The painter was not allowed to idealize, his task was to capture the individual facial features in detail. The portrait shows Marcin Solski on a dark background. The portrayed face and a part of his shirt peeping out from under the dark overcoat make a bright spot. The face features are detailed: high forehead, small arched eyebrows, small eyes, handlebar moustache, double chin. The absence of any inscriptions, coats of arms or detailing of clothing deepens the image of the man.
- The name of the person portrayed
- Marcin Solski