1580 Portrait Found
1580 Bathory Portrait Found: Obscure 435 Year Old Master Painting Identified As That Of Elizabeth Bathory.
It has been impossible to really know what Elizabeth Bathory looked like in life. The only two portraits known to exist of her came with their own sets of controversy. No longer! It is our firm belief that a period high quality portrait of Elizabeth Bathory does indeed exist. The painting is a forgotten 16th century original portrait of the Countess painted when she was only 20 years old. It has languished in obscurity in terms of the the portrait's subject for more than 400 years, though not without appreciation of its sheer aesthetic beauty by its several past private owners. Her accomplishments and most particularly the controversy surrounding her life make this...
The Fantasy Portraits: Portraits that ARE NOT True likeness of Elizabeth Bathory.
Only two portraits of Elizabeth Bathory were known to exist. Doubts about the accuracy of Elizabeth Bathory's likeness in either of these two portraits have persisted and so it has been virtually impossible to really know what she looked like in life. Moreover, Elizabeth Bathory was reported to be a very beautiful woman and these two portraits do not seem to bubble with any sort of flattery in this regard. No wonder then that so many different portraits of other women were substituted over the years to represent her.
Before we explore what is probably the most popular 'substitute' portrait of another woman for Elizabeth Bathory, lets first examine the...
The Elizabeth Bathory Genre: Origins in Folklore, Literature and Myth.
It is true, that her political enemies succeeded in eliminating Elizabeth Bathory for political reasons with manufactured charges of mass murder and torture. That was just seventeenth century politics. What they could never have appreciated or ever imagined, is just how effective they were in assassinating her character, her reputation as well as that of her family, well into the present day and more than 400 years after her death! The seeds for Elizabeth Bathory's myth were produced in 1610 with her 'criminal', or we should say, political, arrest and subsequent conviction. These seeds lay dormant and forgotten by time for more than one hundred years until they were...