King Charles X Gustavus
  • TitleKing Charles X Gustavus
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 102 x 82 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 125 x 106 x 8 cm
  • DatingMade 1652 or 1653
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Sébastien Bourdon, French, born 1616, dead 1671
  • Depicted PersonKing Karl X Gustav, Swedish, born 1622-11-08, dead 1660-02-13
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2642
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1927 from the Gripsholm Collection
  • Description
    Images and media

    Sébastien Bourdon visited Sweden in 1652-53, when he was commissioned as a portraitist by Queen Christina and the court. His portraits include one of Count Palatine Karl Gustav, the queen’s cousin and heir presumptive, who had successfully led the Swedish troops at the end of the Thirty Years’ War. He was therefore depicted as a military commander. The skill of the artist is clearly visible in the contrast between the hard, shiny metal and the draped blue silk.