Hetman of the Polish crown in the 17th century - Jan Matejko
Mieszko I ( 960-992) the first historic ruler of Poland, founder of the Piast dynasty. He united several western Slavonic tribes under his sway and consolidated his power by marrying the Bohemian princess, Dobrava, and converting to Christianity in 966. As a result, the Polish state was brought into the European political system and established relations with the greatest powers of that period, the papacy and the empire. After Dobrava's death, Mieszko married Oda.
Battle of Grunwald (detail) - Jan Matejko
Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland. Knowing that the French would take advantage of his absence, he still refused to leave Vienna to the Ottomans, instead bringing his army to the city's defense. Because of his actions, Europe was saved.
Portrait of an Artist. (Drawing from painting of Polish artist Jan Matejko). Drawing by Victoria Radionova
Portrait of an artist. (Portait from the painting of Polish artist Jan Matejko)., Victoria Radionova
Ociemniały Wit Stwosz z wnuczką, Jan Matejko
Polish painter's portrait of his four children (cropped) - Jan Matejko (1838 -1893)
Jan Žižka in a detail of Jan Matejko's Battle of Grunwald. Žižka (c. 1360–1424) was a Czech general and Hussite leader, follower of Jan Hus
Jan Matejko 1838-1893 (Polish), Portrait of Józef Ciechoński, oil on canvas, 1873