Collection

Portrait of Alexander Joseph Sulkowski

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Basic information
ID
Ж-4062
Author
unknown
Name
Portrait of Alexander Joseph Sulkowski
Date of creation
18th c.
Technique
oil painting
Material
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
83.5 x 64.5
Additionally
Information about author
Author
unknown
Object description
Alexander Joseph Sulkowski (1695–1762) – Polish aristocrat and politician. Prime Minister of Saxony, Lieutenant General of the Polish Army, Colonel of the Lifeguard, Count of the Holy Roman Empire. illegitimate son of Polish King Augustus II the Strong and Elzbieta Szalewska. Stanislaw Sulkowski, Burgrave of Krakow, married Elzbieta and adopted her son. The ceremonial portrait shows a young man in a formal pose wearing a knight's armour. The image follows the traditions of Western European art: solemn pose, majestic image, the elegance of the provincial aristocracy, where the main attention is focused on the picturesque and decorative aspect of the image. On the back of the portrait is an inscription: "Franciszek Cetner Wojewoda Smolenski, Czertwi 173". The inscription was obviously made later and is incorrect as the portrayed man is shown with the blue ribbon of the Order of the White Eagle, which Franciszek Cetner was not awarded. There is a signed engraving depicting Alexander Sulkowski, compositionally corresponding to this portrait.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Alexander Joseph Sulkowski
Lifetime of the person portrayed
1695–1762