First preserved portrait in the world

by Milos Itic on December 28, 2011

Portrait of Duke Rudolf IV of Austria is the first preserved portrait in the world.

First preserved portrait in the world

This is made by oil painting reproduction on Canvas techniques and technique on parchment mounted on spruce. Now, you can find this portrait in Vienna, Diocesan Museum. This is made by 14th-century unknown painter. Height is 49 cm (19.3 in). and width is 31 cm (12.2 in).

This portrait is the first half frontal portrait of the Occident. “Occident” (1964-1968) was a French far-right militant political group movement, often described as fascist-leaning. It had been on sight above his grave in the “Stephansdom” of Vienna for several decades after his death, but can now be seen in the Museum of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. This portrait is completely realistic, apart from the (invented) archdukal crown, the foreshortening of which the artist did not completely master. Even the duke’s incipient “facioplegia” is shown.

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