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Under The Habsburgs And The Stuarts: The Leslies' Portrait Gallery In Ptuj Castle, Slovenia

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This chapter discusses the Scottish origins of these central European Leslies, the wealth, successful military careers and high social positions achieved by Walter Leslie, James and Alexander. It deals with the family iconography and the messages which the Counts of Leslie intended to transmit to their guests and visitors. Archival sources, preserved sections of buildings and art works, testify that the Counts renovated the aforementioned castles and palaces and equipped them with ceiling paintings, stucco, sculptures, furniture, oil paintings and tapestries. The ceiling and oil paintings are suggestive of the Leslies' military success, the obtaining of the Order of the Golden Fleece and their connections to the Houses of Stuart and Habsburg. The fourteen portraits of European sovereigns and their wives that are now kept in Frýdlant castle were most probably painted between 1669 and 1673 for the great hall at Ptuj.

Keywords: Alexander; European sovereigns; family portrait; Habsburg; James; Ptuj Castle; Stuart; Walter Leslie



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