Sunday, October 12, 2008

Adam Ignacy Komorowski

Archbishop of Gniezno and Primate of Poland from 1748 to 1759.

Of course, this prelate is a classic example of baroque "over the top"-ness. Successfully covering pretty much every aspect from self-ironic playfulness via steadfast dignity to theatrical effeminacy, he allows us to see him as a pious performer of his religious duties, as a vivid entertainer of a social gathering and as a little girl that complains about the temperature of her hot chocolate. I love the "Now where do I put all my silk?"-table in front, which also allows for a dramatic underlining of the cardinal's ability to read. Also: Witness the fingers, which seem to be way to thin for such a big guy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is interesting how the hood developed. Here we seek a lot less fur and a lot more red silk lining.