Portrait of Stanislaw Rzewuski

Vasyl Petranovych

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Basic information
Vasyl Petranovych
Portrait of Stanislaw Rzewuski
Date of creation
18th c.
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
100 x 81.5
Information about author
Vasyl Petranovych
Artist's lifetime
Vasyl Petranovych (1680–1759) was a court artist of Konstanty Sobieski. It made him independent of casual earnings. He was a well-known artist, public figure – the mayor (wójt) of Zhovkva, and a representative of the Zhovkva painting school. He found himself in traditional religious painting and portraiture. The artist painted icons, portraits, copies after European masters, as well as decorative and wall paintings, in particular he painted the interiors of the Zhovkva Castle. The influence of European schools is present in his works. No signed work by Vasyl Petranovych has been found, but there are many records with indications of the names of paintings or large works on which he worked with his students.
Object description
Stanislaw Mateusz Rzewuski (1662–1728, Krzywda coat of arms) was a son of Michal Florian Rzewuski (died 1687) and Hanna Dzierzek. He was a military figure, royal colonel, and Grand Crown Hetman (since 1726). Stanislaw Mateusz Rzewuski was twice married. His first marriage to Dorota Cetner was in 1690, and in 1694, Ludwika Kuniсka became his second wife. He had five children, among them Seweryn Jozef Rzewuski, the owner of the Olesko Castle, and Waclaw Petro Rzewuski, who owned the castle in Pidhirtsi. On December 18, 1718, he bought the Pidhirtsi Castle together with the surrounding villages from Prince Konstanty Sobieski, the son of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski. In 1719, he bought the Olesko Castle with all the surrounding villages from another king – Jakub Ludwik Sobieski. He was awarded with the Order of the White Eagle. Stanislaw Rzewuski is depicted in the tradition of a ceremonial-representative portrait, in a stylized oval, and in an official pose. He is painted with a mace in his right hand and a ribbon of the Order of the White Eagle to emphasize his social status and solemnity. The man is shown in knightly armor, with the red drapery over it, which is a bright spot in the portrait.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Stanislaw Mateusz Rzewuski
Lifetime of the person portrayed