Portrait of Count Stanislas Potocki

The Portrait of Count Stanislas Potocki is a 1781 equestrian portrait of Polish patron, politician and writer Stanisław Kostka Potocki by the French painter Jacques-Louis David. It was painted in Rome when the artist and subject met during David's stay at the Villa Medici after winning the first prize for painting in the Prix de Rome, and chronologically after his Saint Roch interceding with the Virgin for the Plague-Stricken and before Belisarius begging for alms.[1] Its equestrian format is owed to influences from Rubens.[2]

Portrait of Count Stanislas Potocki
Jacques-Louis David - Equestrian portrait of Stanisław Kostka Potocki - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistJacques-Louis David
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions304 cm × 218 cm (120 in × 86 in)
LocationMuseum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów, Warsaw

Potocki, the subject of the painting, displayed it at Wilanów Palace, his residence near Warsaw. Ownership passed to the Branicki family in 1892.[1] During the Second World War it was looted by the German forces, then passed into Soviet Russian hands after the war, before being repatriated to Poland in 1956.[1] It is now on show in the Museum of King John III's Palace at Wilanów.


  1. ^ a b c Galeries nationales du Grand Palais; Detroit Institute of Arts; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Founders Society; Réunion des musées nationaux (1975). French painting 1774-1830: the age of revolution. Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 363. ISBN 978-1135414801.
  2. ^ "Jacques Louis David". www.artprofessor.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07.

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