King Augustus II (1670–1733) on Horseback

Silvestre, Louis de (1675-1760) | Painter
August, Polen, König (1675-1760) | Person(s) shown


Portrayals of rulers on horseback have been extremely popular since ancient times. Especially in the Baroque period, such illustrious equestrian portraits were particularly favoured by kings and princes, who wished to emphasise their claim to superiority and sovereignty. This painting captures a moment of energetic movement, the king confidently directing his gaze towards a point outside the pictorial space. The clouds of smoke in the background indicate that he is returning from a victorious battle.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1718
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 768