UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active 1580s)

Portrait of Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland

1585
Oil on canvas, 185 x 94 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Sigismund was the crowned ruler of Sweden for some five years. This fashionable portrait shows the gentleman-king of Poland in up-to-the-minute neck ruff and high-crowned hat, and with a well-turned leg. Only the inscription identifies his status. This may be because Poland's monarchy became elective in 1572.




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