• Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska
  • Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska
  • Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska
  • Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska - 1
  • Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska - 2
  • Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska - 3

Magdalena Agnieszka Sapieha née Lubomirska

Date
c 1780
Object type
painting
Technique
oil
Material
canvas
Dimensions
92,6 x 71,9 [119,5 x 88,0] cm
Acquisition date
1783
Location
The Palace on the Isle - Salle de Salomon, ground floor
Marks and inscriptions
inscribed A Madame | le Pe Sapieha née Lubomirska/ Ge Chanc... (remainder illegible) on the letter held by the sitter; red number 516 of the Stanisław August collection, bottom left, repeated top left, approx. 15 cm from top edge (abrased, barely legible)
Place of Origin
Poland (Europe)
Owner
The Royal Łazienki
Museum number
ŁKr 119
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The first marriage of Princess Magdalena Agnieszka Lubomirska (1739–80) in 1755 to a much older cousin, Prince Józef Lubomirski (1704–55) of Lubomierz, of the Drużyna coat of arms, lasted only a few months. In 1757 the young widow married the Voivode of Połock [now Polotsk, Belarus], Aleksander Michał Paweł Sapieha (1730–93) of the Lis coat of arms, who in 1762 was appointed Field Hetman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was believed the appointment was made thanks to Magdalena’s lover, Alois von Brühl. Similar comments were made when Aleksander Sapieha took up the office of Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1775. This time, the post was conferred by Stanisław August, with whom Magdalena began an affair just before his election as king in 1764. Her relationship with Stanisław August resulted in the birth of two children, who bore the surname Cichocki—Konstancja (born in 1768, date of death unknown) and Michał Mikołaj (1770–1828), who later became General of the Army of the Duchy of Warsaw, and who fought in the Napoleonic Wars.

… between 1793 and 1795 the painting was significantly enlarged, most probably in order to make it into a pair with the portrait of Magdalena Sapieha’s daughter, Anna Teofila Potocka … . [See D. Juszczak, H. Małachowicz, The Stanisław August Collection of Paintings at the Royal Łazienki. Catalogue, Royal Łazienki Museum, Warsaw 2016, no. 4, pp. 58–60.]

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