Vlad Ţepeş (1431-1476), also known as Vlad III Dracula, was prince of Wallachia (1448, 1456-1462, 1476). The literary figure of Dracula is partly based on him.
The Ambras Castle portrait
Paintings based on the Ambras Castle portrait
Die geschicht dracole waide
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)
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.
Presumed portraits of Vlad Tepes in 15th-century paintings
Depictions of Vlad III in 19th-century romantic paintings