The author analyses the image of Antonis van Dyck Der Polnische Kasak from Staatsgalerie Neuen Schloss Schleissheim. The horseman clearly is not a Polish Cossack, but a Polish rider; what is more, a descendant of a wealthy social group, though presented in a daily, almost field costume. His dress differs from the attire of West European cavalrymen, displaying elements typical of the East European...
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