A unique collection of the Radziwiłłs’ portraits returned to Belarus.
The collection consists of 15 paintings of the 19th century and 3 paintings of the 18th century. The paintings were acquired in Germany and have direct connection with the owners of the Mirsky Castle, which makes them very valuable. The origin of these paintings is full of mysteries. Experts haven’t known about its existence for a long time. Finally, a real family collection of the Radziwiłłs is in the Mirsky Castle.
Belarus saw the collection in 2014 for the first time. Afterwards, there was a long negotiation with the German owner of the collection, and after 17 months, the paintings were brought to Belarus. How these painting got to the German collection is still a mystery. The authors of the portraits are also unknown. There is only one painting with the autograph of the artist.
The history of a great family is reflected in 18 paintings. There are writer and politicians. The majority of the portraits depict men with the name Nikolai. The Radziwiłłs had a tradition to name their first-born like this.
However, not all the family is in Belarus. It appeared that one of the portraits depicting Yanush Radziwiłł was left with the German collector.