Not much is known about Stanisław Samostrzelnik's life. He lived from c. 1490-1541. His patron from a young age was Krzysztof Szydlowieki. He lived in the Kraków mansion of Cistercian Abbot of Koprzywnica. He originally studied at the Cistercian Abbey and eventually studied at the Danube School. His work used gothic style and a contrast of color. His main works were as an illuminator, where he illustrated texts. He decorated the prayer book of Princess Jawiga Jagiellon. He also painted Saint Stanslaus.
Samostrzelnik's -isms In His WOrk
He mainly illuminated (decorated) texts like this one.
Portrait of Bishop Piotr Tomicki
Many of Samostrzelnik's paintings were of religious figures.
Samostrzelnik, Stanisław. Illumination. Ioannes Diugosz, Catalogus Archiepiscoporum Gnesnensium. 1539. Parchment. N.p.
Samostrzelnik, Stanisław. Portrait of Bishop Piotr Tomicki. 1530. St. Francis of Assisi's Church, Kraków.
Samostrzelnik, Stanislaw. Saint Stanislaus. 1530-1535. Pergament. Biblioteka Narodowa, n.p.
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