Portrait of Michal Florian Rzewuski


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Basic information
Portrait of Michal Florian Rzewuski
Date of creation
18th c.
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
78 x 63
Information about author
Object description
Michal Florian Rzewuski (?–1687, Krzywda coat of arms) was a clerk of Lviv Zemstvo between 1670 and 1676, a royal colonel (since 1674), and Treasurer of the Crown Court (since 1684). He fought against the Turks in the battle of Khotyn (1673), Vienna, and Parkany (1683); at his own expense redeemed the captives from Turkish captivity. Michal Florian Rzewuski was a faithful ally of Jan III Sobieski, an ancestor of the Rzewuski family, and a grandfather of Waclaw Rzewuski. Michal Florian Rzewuski died in Lviv and was buried in Rozdil. The bust-length portrait of Michal Rzewuski imitates the traditions characteristic of the ceremonial and representative painting of the 18th century, which was characterized by monumentality and ennobled reflection of man. Rzewuski is presented in a formal pose on a dark background. He is slightly turned. The artist painted the image in a planner manner. In the right hand of the man portrayed, there is a mace, a symbol of power, and in the upper corner of the painting there is a coat of arms, a sign of a noble family. The bright accent in the portrait is a red drapery thrown over the knight's armor. A similar image of Michal Rzewuski, which also came from the Pidhirtsi Castle, is in the Tarnow Museum.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Michal Florian Rzewuski
Lifetime of the person portrayed