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Christina, Queen of Sweden
  • TitleChristina, Queen of Sweden
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 72 x 58 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 89 x 77 x 9 cm
  • DatingMade 1653
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Sébastien Bourdon, French, born 1616, dead 1671
  • Depicted PersonQueen Kristina, Swedish, born 1626, dead 1689
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 1072
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1869
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
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    French artist Sébastien Bourdon worked at the Swedish royal court from autumn 1652 to summer 1653. He painted several portraits of Queen Kristina in which she wears a simple black silk dress over a white linen garment like in this painting instead of fashionable clothes. Although many portrait painters preferred timeless garments, this unassuming attire can perhaps be interpreted as referring to the Queen’s studies and educated interests.