After the Battle of Grunwald is a 1924 painting by Alphonse Mucha, an artist of the Czech and Central European Art Nouveau period who specialized in illustrations.
Analysis of After the Battle of Grunwald
This painting, with the subtitle The Solidarity of the Northern Slavs, is the tenth in a series of 20 paintings Mucha created between 1912 and 1926 called the Slav Epic.
The Battle of Grunwald, also known as the Battle of Tannenberg, took place on July 15, 1410, in what is now northeastern Poland. It was fought between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania on one side, and the Teutonic Knights on the other.
The battle was one of the largest and most significant in medieval Europe, with around 39,000 troops on the Polish-Lithuanian side and 27,000 on the Teutonic Knights’ side. Despite being outnumbered, the Polish-Lithuanian forces emerged victorious, and the battle is considered a turning point in the history of Eastern Europe.
The victory helped to establish the power and prestige of Poland and Lithuania while weakening the influence of the Teutonic Knights in the region. The battle also marked the beginning of a long period of peace and prosperity in Eastern Europe, known as the Polish-Lithuanian Golden Age.