Queen Hedwig Eleonora and the Arts: Court Culture in Seventeenth-Century Northern Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Queen Hedwig Eleonora and the Arts

Court Culture in Seventeenth-Century Northern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Kristoffer Neville, Lisa Skogh


230 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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As queen consort and dowager, Hedwig Eleonora (1636–1715) held a unique position in Sweden for more than half a century. As the dominant collector and patron of art and architecture in the realm, she left a strong mark on Swedish court culture. Her dynastic network among the Northern European courts was extensive, and this helped to make Sweden a major cultural center in Northern Europe in the later seventeenth century. This book represents the first major scholarly publication on the full range of Hedwig Eleonora’s endeavours, from the financing of her court to her place within a larger princely network, to her engagements with various cultural pursuits, to her public image. As the contributors show, despite her high profile, political position, and conspicuous patronage, Hedwig Eleonora experienced little of the animosity directed at many other foreign queens and regents, such as the Medici in France and Henrietta Maria in England. In this way, she provides a model for a different and more successful way of negotiating the difficulties of joining a foreign court; the analysis of her circumstances thus adds a substantial dimension to the study of early modern queenship. Presenting much new scholarship, this volume highlights one extremely significant early modern woman and her imprint on Northern European history, and fosters international awareness of the importance of early modern Scandinavia for European cultural history.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Queen Hedwig Eleonora and the Arts

Kristoffer Neville and Lisa Skogh (University of California, Riverside; Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

2. "The Queen of the North": Hedwig Eleonora and her German Family in Paint and Print

Jill Bepler (Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel)

3. Queen Hedwig Eleonora’s Societal Network within the Tugendliche and the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft

Gabriele Ball (Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel)

4. Hedwig Eleonora as Dowager Queen and Administrator

Björn Asker (National Archives, Stockholm)

5. The Pretiosa Cabinet at Ulriksdal Palace

Lisa Skogh (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

6. Hedwig Eleonora as Patron of David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl

Kjell Wangensteen (Princeton University)

7. The Wilderness inside Drottningholm: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl and the Northern Nature at the Court of Hedwig Eleonora

Mikael Ahlund (Uppsala University Art Museums, Uppsala)

8. David Klöcker Ehrenstrahlʼs Portraits of Hedwig Eleonoraʼs Siblings: Invention and the Presentation of the Family

Lars-Olof Larsson (Christian-Albrecht-University, Kiel)

9. Hedwig Eleonora and Building as a Princely Pursuit

Lars Ljungström (Royal Collections, Stockholm)

10. Hedwig Eleonora and the Practice of Architecture

Kristoffer Neville (University of California, Riverside)

11. Hedwig Eleonora, Lund University, and the Learned

Anders Jarlert (Lund University)

12. Ballet, Kunstkammer, and the Education of Princess Hedwig Eleonora at the Gottorf Court

Mara Wade (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

13. Hedwig Eleonora and Music at the Swedish Court, 1654–1726

Maria Schildt (Uppsala University)

14. Hedwig Eleonora in Print—from "Citronat" to "Wundermutter"

Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly (Oxford University)

About the Editors

Kristoffer Neville is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Riverside, USA

Lisa Skogh is Project Co-Investigator in the Research Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

About the Series

Women and Gender in the Early Modern World

Women and Gender in the Early Modern World
The study of women and gender offers some of the most vital and innovative challenges to current scholarship on the early modern period. For more than a decade now, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World has served as a forum for presenting fresh ideas and original approaches to the field. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope, this Routledge series strives to reach beyond geographical limitations to explore the experiences of early modern women and the nature of gender in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. We welcome proposals for both single-author volumes and edited collections which expand and develop this continually evolving field of study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Europe / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies