Jan Matejko ~ Self-portrait ~ 1892 ~ Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts ~ Kraków, Poland ~ The first President of the Academy was painter Jan Matejko (Polish, 1838-1893) who brought in other leading artists as professors. He was a Polish painter known for paintings of notable historical Polish political and military events.
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.