If you are ever in Austria ♡
We are, of course, talking about the portrait made during Vlad`s captivity at Visegrad, a dungeon near Buda, where he was a prisoner for 13 years by order of Matthias Corvinus.
The portrait is now preserved in the Ambras Castle [Austria], and the few copies are scattered in private collections owned by descendants of the Hungarian nobles that were part of the Hungarian king`s most exclusive entourage.
There are several brochures [I would rather call them caricatures] that spread through Europe in the fifteenth century via print – the embellished German stories. The image presented is strictly negative and exaggerated, designed to instill horror in the imagination of the people, because, let’s not forget, these brochures were spread by the merchants and nobles of Brasov and Hungary – Dracula’s adversaries.
Pope Pius the 2nd described him as “a brave and honest man in appearance, whose face looks worthy of a…
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