Your clues this week are deliberately short:
- This is an early work.
- It was painted in the 19th-century.
- You know who the artist is.
- The sitter is connected to the least complicated relationship the artist ever had with another human being.
The Last Answer:
The artist in question when last we met was Jan Matejko (Polish, 1838-1893), and the portrait was of Boleslaw III (a.k.a.: Boleslaw the Wrymouth; 1086-1138), Prince of Poland from 1107 to 1138. Yolanta from Toronto knew this immediately, and assured me that it was an easy challenge if one has a Polish background -- which, I discovered, many, many readers do. Congratulations to Yolanta, and thanks to all who participated!