The summer-seat or somerset

Fäbodvallen

The »somerset» or »somerseat», known in Swedish as the fäbodvall, is a sort of summer residence in the wood land, temporarily occupied for cattle grazing. Agriculture, though practised on a small scale, was originally of only inferior importance there; and the cultivated ground was not in the first place used for production of fodder for… Continue reading The summer-seat or somerset

Karl XII

Karl XII

Anna Maria Ehrenstrahl was an artist who was active in Stockholm during the late 1600s and early 1700s. Anna Maria Ehrenstrahl was born in Stockholm in 1666. She was the daughter of court painter David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl (known as the father of Swedish painting) and Maria Momma, who was the daughter of ironworks owner Willem… Continue reading Karl XII

Allegory with self-portrait

Allegory with self-portrait and profile portrait

Amalia von Königsmarck was an artist and a poet. Amalia (Emilie) Wilhelmina von Königsmarck was born in 1663. She grew up in Stade, Germany. Her mother Maria Christina Wrangel ensured that she and her sister Aurora von Königsmarck were schooled in dance, music and singing, and that they also learned French, Italian, Spanish, German and… Continue reading Allegory with self-portrait

Mark the Evangelist

Mark the Evangelist

Ulrika Eleonora the younger was a reigning queen of Sweden from 1718–1720. The Crown then transferred to her consort King Fredrik I. Her period of reign marked the beginning of what has come to be known as ‘frihetstiden’ (the Age of Liberty) within Swedish historiography. Ulrika Eleonora the younger was the youngest child of King… Continue reading Mark the Evangelist