Per Krafft Starszy
Portrait of Bishop Ignacy Krasicki, 1768
Purchased in 1910

material: oil on canvas

dimensions: 71 x 57 cm

description: Ignacy Krasicki (1735–1801) was the bishop of Warmia, archbishop of Gniezno, president of the Crown Tribunal, one of the most distinguished poets of the Enlightenment. He was called “the prince of Polish poets.” Having completed studies in Rome, he came to Warsaw, where, in 1763, he made friends with young Stanisław Poniatowski, elected king of Poland shortly afterwards. Not much later, Krasicki was appointed the royal chaplain and the bishop of Warmia, which gave him the title of prince. He contributed to organizing and participated in the meetings held by the king – the so-called Thursday Dinners. He made his debut as a poet with Hymn do miłości Ojczyzny [O Sacred Love of the Beloved Country], which was the anthem of the Cadet School. His most popular literary works include Bajki [Fables]. The portrait of Krasicki painted by Per Krafft is based on the same compositional pattern as the oval portraits of women from the royal family, especially Izabela Branicka [see item 120] and Teresa Poniatowska [item 124]. The value of this perfectly executed painting, marked by the subtlety of modelling compared to other portraits of the royal family members, is not diminished by the conventional character of the representation Barbara Ciciora

exposition: The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice,
The Cloth Hall, 1, Main Market Square

key: Enlightenment >>>

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