Vlad Ţepeş

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Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad Ţepeş (1431-1476) was prince of Wallachia (1448, 1456-1462, 1476). The literary figure of Dracula is partly based on him.

The Ambras Castle portrait[edit]

Paintings based on the Ambras Castle portrait[edit]

Die geschicht dracole waide[edit]

Die geschicht dracole waide is a German pamphlet, first printed in 1488 and reprinted in the 1490s. Its title page has the oldest surviving portrait of Vlad Tepes.

German woodcuts (16th century)[edit]

Popular pamphlets based on the geschicht dracole waide were reprinted in Germany until the 1560s. Some 16th-century portraits are direct derivations from the 1488 one, others are free inventions.

Cryptoportraits[edit]

Presumed portraits of Vlad Tepes in 15th-century paintings

Modern paintings[edit]

Depictions of Vlad III in 19th-century romantic paintings