wallachian history

There are no actual descriptions of Radu cel Frumos the brother of Vlad Dragula, but looking to the fact that they were brothers by one father Vlad Dragul and one mother Vasilisa Cneajna, they must have looked alike.

Here I’ll cite the account of Niccolo Modrussa the Croatian bishop (Nikola biskup Modruški ), who had actually saw Vlad in Hungarian prison (between 1462-75) and described him in his work De bellis Gothorum which was written by him in 1473 describes Vlad voivode in this manner:

“In fact, he was not very tall, but with large limbs, which impressed of power. His stern look was terrifying; нe had a large and aquiline nose with distended nostrils; on his thin and slightly reddish face were planted his wide open gray-green* eyes with prominent lashes ** that were framed by thick black eyebrows, which made his appearance look threatening. Besides that, his cheeks and chin were shaved, except the upper lip (mustache). The swollen forehead increased the size of his head. A bull’s neck was supported by broad shoulders upon which swung his dark curly hair***, which fell down from his head.”

Nicolao Episcopo Modrusiensi (born c. 1427- Grblju -  died before 29 may 1480)

              * Glaucos - pale greenish blue or gray-blue color.
              ** Cillia from the cilium - lashes or upper eyelids (supercilium - eyebrows)
              *** Subnigri - dark; for example, in Greece, the word is used to denote a dark reddish or light brown hair.
              (My translation from the Latin ©Elveo-art.tumblr)

So my artwork is a visual reconstruction of Radu voivode’s appearance based on description of his brother.

Vlad Tepes - The nightmare of future.

“Those warriors who were near him thought that he was a Turk and one of them hit him with a spear. When he saw that he was being killed by his own people, he killed five of his killers with his sword and was killed with many spears and thus he died.” from old Russian manuscript “The tale of Dracula“

According to Bonfinius (Antonio Bonfini) and a Turkish chronicler, Vlad was betrayed by his Wallachian boyars and then decapitated by the Turks as a trophy his head was sent to Constantinople preserved in honey. After, the head was displayed on a stake as proof that he was dead.