Don Gustavo, one of my Facebook friends and fellow admirer of fine Polish, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Livonian, German nobility, their gallantry and bravery, and who is a follower of my blog as well, pointed to me something that I have not seen before.
It is the attached below an image of the Polish knight (appears to be a winged hussar), deceased AD 1596, who was immortalized by his family with an epitaph, adorned with a truly Renaissance portrait.
The buried hussar's name was Andrzej Kochanowski of Korwin coat of arms Korwin .
He was the founder of the church where he was buried, this late Renaissance Roman Catholic Church in Grodek, near Kozienice in Poland. Mosci pan Andrzej Kochanowski, son of Dobieslaw, was himself a cousin of our most preeminent Renaissance poet- Jan Kochanowski, who himself was described wearing a hussar outfit during the fabulous 1574 royal entry to King's city of Cracow ( the entry of our shortest ruling and only French monarch, Henri Valois). Perhaps one day I return to Jan and his poem 'Jezda do Mokswy' Jezda_do_Moskwy , that describes the famous raid by Filon Kmita of coat of arms Radwan_Sowity , Haraburda and Krzysztof 'Thunder' Radziwill against the
Muscovy's interior during king Bathory's war with Muscovy 1577-82.
Ad rem, our pan Andrzej here has a fine Renaissance armor (note a visible gilded spur at this armored heel) and coat of mail, while his knightly weapons, sword and sabre, along with his shishak with red plume are at his side. He is eternally resting on the human scull, a somber remainder : memento mori, while a finely painted hourglass has for ever reminded the viewer about the passing time -Πάντα ῥεῖ pantha rei.
This is a somber and very pious piece of art, and this style of painting portraits of deceased to decorate their burials and soon coffins/caskets became so called Sarmatian fashion across the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, resulting in many fabulous paintings of our ancestors Portret_trumienny_B._D._Lubomirskiej.jpg .
another drawing of mine above the text, it seems that those fabulous wild cats skins were often carried underneath the saddle, in ancient Macedonian (vide Alexander the Great equestrian portraits) and Great Steppe warrior fashions.