King Augustus II the Strong (1670 – 1733), Elector of Saxony, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania - is one of my favourite rulers, from my upcoming series of Saxon-Polish rulers.

Augustus' great physical strength earned him the nicknames "the Strong", "the Saxon Hercules" and "Iron-Hand." He liked to show that he lived up to his name by breaking horseshoes with his bare hands and engaging in fox tossing by holding the end of his sling with just one finger while two of the strongest men in his court held the other end.

As Elector of Saxony, he is perhaps best remembered as a patron of the arts and architecture. He established the Saxon capital of Dresden as a major cultural centre, attracting artists from across Europe to his court. Augustus also amassed an impressive art collection and built lavish baroque palaces in Dresden and Warsaw.He was fascinated with the porcelaine (china), was an avid collector of it, developed the formula for the first European hard-paste porcelain and established the first European manufacture of porcelain, in Meissen in 1708.

*AR - Augustus Rex (lat. Augustus the King)

**La maladie de porcelaine - fr. "the porcelaine illness", with that term, the King's craze for porcelaine is named.

 
Louis XV, le Bien Aimé (The Well Beloved) (1710-1774). The King of France and Navarre.
Maria Theresia (Walburga Amalia Christina) von Habsburg (1717-1780), Holy Roman Empress
Ancient Greek woman
Zeus (Ζεύς) - the god of the gods
Belle van Zuylen
Also known as Isabelle de Charrière (1740 – 1805), was a remarkable, free-spirited Dutch noble woman of many talents, a writer of the age of the Enlightenment. She is now best known for her letters although she also wrote novels, pamphlets, letters, music and plays. She took a keen interest in the society and politics of her age, and her work around the time of the French Revolution is regarded as being of particular interest.  The writings of this enlightened woman, not unlike Jane Austen’s, tackled the intricacies of high society, particularly in matters of love.
Belle is one of a very few my most beloved historical figures. :)
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Various portraits of some of my favourite historical personalities, as well as of some gods and other inspirations.
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