The Protector of Europe. On Graphical Theses Gloryfying Jan III Sobieski
The knightly deeds and virtues of Jan III Sobieski gained him recognition across Europe. After the victory at Vienna in 1683 the Polish King was glorified in numerous languages in all corners of the continent, the eastern monarch’s military genius gaining recognition for saving the Christian world. Foreigners wrote poems to Jan III, praising his martial talents not only in the press and countless leaflets, but also in iconography – particularly graphics. The image of Sobieski became as recognisable as the portraits of the Pope, Emperor, or the King of France.
This book is devoted to the graphical theses dedicated to Jan III. In these large-format academic etchings, artists combined key elements of Sobieski’s visual propaganda
from before and after the Battle of Vienna with erudite scholarly argumentation.
Warsaw 2017, 244 pages, Dimensions 170x230, Hardback, ISBN: 978-83-63580-77-3
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