Coffin Portrait of Marcin Solski
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In the seventeenth century, the burial of a noble man was accompanied by a ceremony in which a portrait of the deceased played a prominent role. The coffin portraits were painted in the technique "ad vivum" (as if alive) on a silver, copper or tin plate. They were hexagonal in shape due to their placement at the end of the coffin. In the seventeenth century, it was strictly hexagonal; in the eighteenth century, the basis remained the same hexagonal shape but it acquired a complicated baroque profile. The first requirement for such portraits was the greatest resemblance to the person depicted on them. The painter was not allowed to idealize the portrait; his task was to depict the individual features of a person's face 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: a high forehead, small arched eyebrows, small eyes, handlebar moustache, and a double chin.
- The name of the person portrayed
- Marcin Solski