Portrait of Vlad Dracula

Vlad Dracula first slid into my life via the amusing absurdities of horror films, where the actor would glower through red contact lenses and flap his cloak whilst carelessly turning his back on the guy with the pointy stick.

You'd have thought, after all those centuries of undead capers, that the dear chap would have had more sense than to set his sights on someone else's lady. Men tend to get uppity about that sort of thing.

The ladies, on the other hand, often seemed most reluctant to be rescued and forcibly returned to their lives of tranquil domesticity whose horizons were as rigid as the corsets which crammed their breathless bosoms tightly under their chins. How could peeling carrots and wiping Junior's nose possibly compare with the fun of playing hide-and-seek round a rambling Gothic castle with a handsome alpha male with attitude?

Then, of course, there was the historical man himself, a noble by birth, a warrior prince who bravely defied the powerful Ottoman Empire. Surrounded on all sides by traitors and enemies, he nonetheless fiercely defended his country - failing, enduring a long imprisonment, and then rising again to defeat the Turks (for a while, at least.) To this day, Vlad Dracula is hailed as a national hero in Romania.

His nickname of Vlad Tepes was earned as a consequence of his infamous method of impaling enemies and captives, a method he apparently adopted from the Turks themselves and employed in retaliation for their treatment of his own people. He was vastly outnumbered and so used fear to deter attacks. These-days we call it psychological warfare - and as brutal as impalement clearly was, we might question if it was any more brutal than napalm or nuclear bombs or chemical weapons or germ warfare.

Vlad was also a member of the Order of the Dragon, hence the name 'Dracula' which derives from 'draco' meaning 'dragon'. Legend tells us his father introduced him to the Order's occult mysteries when still a young boy of only five.

An enigmatic figure, certainly, around whom myths and superstitions are often more tightly woven than any verifiable historical facts - yet these exist also, for those who care to read into Vlad's life.

The portrait here tries to combine the facial features of the existing historical portraits of Vlad. His moustache has been trimmed to contemporary proportions, and he wears a thoroughly modern suit. Of course. You wouldn't expect our dark prince to stroll around town in raggedy medieval threads now, would you.

Data for Portrait of Vlad Dracula

Oil on stretched canvas.

Width: 16.2" or 41.2 cms.

Height: 20" or 51.3 cms.

Title: Vlad Dracula

Description: Portrait depicting the head and shoulders of the historical Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia - more popularly known as Vlad Dracula.

Artist: Adele Cosgrove-Bray.

Date: 2009.

Note: The photogaph has lightened the tones of the painting, possibly due to the flash on my camera. But viewers will get the general idea...

Facial detail of the painting.
Facial detail of the painting.
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© 2009 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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cameciob 7 years ago


Thank you for shearing this interesting portrait. He looks almost like a romantic prince, ready to rescue that lady from the danger of a totally killer domestic boring life. He looks almost kind. I detect a brave attitude in his eyes but a little bit of disgust in his lower lip (maybe towards contemporary understanding of his life).

Diane 7 years ago

This is an amazing rendition of the persona the Dragon. Dragon in temperment too. A real hot head, lustful feman ie part male and female not much of a man though. His eyes are empty of inner life as he pears with a the zombie look for his next...The sign of predation--

Michelle PhD 7 years ago

The fascination with vampires is because psychic vampirism is soooooo prevalent due to widespread child abuse problems in the world. Most peoople sux! This is the syndrome of doing onto others the bad that was done unto us. Predation.

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AdeleCosgroveBray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

Thank you for your kind comments, Cameciob and Diane.

Michelle, you offer no source of information on which your theory might be based. I've been fascinated by vampires all my life, since early childhood, and I most certainly was not abused. Thank you for sharing your belief, anyway.

Denno66 7 years ago

I read about his life from several sources and have to say he was a master of striking fear into his enemies; these methods would still work today. Wonderful hub. Thank you. :-)

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AdeleCosgroveBray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

You're most welcome, Denno66.

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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Great portrait, Adele! I read a lot about him in David Icke books not surprisingly in relation to the reptilians that Icke says run the world.

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AdeleCosgroveBray 6 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

Thanks, Steve! Icke comes up with some imaginative theories, certainly.

alpeBudapest 5 years ago

Actually his REAL name was Vlad Tepes, prince of Wallachia ( now in rumania ). He fought the Ottomans and impaled more than 10000 captured enemies to detur the ottomans from attacking again, and succeded.....

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AdeleCosgroveBray 5 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

@alpebudapest: If you had actually taken the time to read the article, you would have found most of this information mentioned already.

The name Tepes is generally considered to be a nickname. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_III_the_Impaler

The figure you give for deaths is unverified - more a product of folklore and legend than a proven fact.

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CJStone 5 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Hello Adele, just to say I've been here, and I'm linking to this from my own site. C

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CJStone 5 years ago from Whitstable, UK

PS Great portrait btw!

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AdeleCosgroveBray 5 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

Thanks, Chris - and I've added a link to your own page about Vlad.

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CJStone 5 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Thanks Adele. The more the merrier.

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