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Karl XII (1682-1718), Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, king of Sweden
  • Karl XII (1682-1718), Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, king of Sweden

    TitleKarl XII (1682-1718), Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, king of Sweden
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 145 x 120 cm
    Frame: (h x b) 157,5 x 131 cm
  • DatingMade 1706 - 1707
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Johan David Swartz, born 1678, dead 1729
  • Depicted PersonKing Karl XII, Swedish, born 1682-06-17, dead 1718-11-30
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NMGrh 4297
  • AcquisitionPurchase 2002 Axel Hirsch Fund
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1662 17th century
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
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    Karl XII was famous throughout Europe. Everyone wanted his portrait, but the king was reluctant to sit for his likeness. He finally agreed to let Johan David Swartz paint this portrait in the camp at Altranstädt, Germany. For a royal portrait, it is unusual not to flatter or idealize the model. After the painting arrived in Stockholm, it was copied many times. By then, Karl XII's family had not seen him for seven years.