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The Bernadottes in Black and White

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The Bernadottes in Black and White

Time: September 22, 2010 to January 23, 2011
Location: Nationalmuseum
Street: Södra Blasieholmshamnen
City/Town: Stockholm, Sweden
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Phone: Stockholm: +46 8-5195 4300
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Nationalmuseum
Latest Activity: Sep 22, 2010

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Event Description

To mark the bicentennial of Karl XIV Johan’s selection as heir to the Swedish throne, Nationalmuseum presents an exhibition of black-and-white portraits of the House of Bernadotte.

The evolution of photography from the 1840s to the present day can be traced through portraits of Swedish royalty. When calling cards became popular in the mid-19th century, Karl XV was not slow to allow images of himself to be distributed for propaganda purposes. The featured artists from that era include Mathias Hansen and Bertha Valerius, who were practising at the time when portrait photography was becoming established as an art form and means of expression. Since photography was an international medium whose practitioners moved freely across borders, works by the Parisian photographers Mayer & Pierson and by Ludwig Angerer’s studio in Vienna appear alongside those of Hansen, a Norwegian.

The emphasis of the exhibition is on photography. The National Portrait Collection includes photographs of Bernadottes from the mid-19th century onward. These not only show what members of the Swedish royal family looked like; they also show how the art of portrait photography has evolved over the past 150 years.

The exhibition is located in Galleriet on the main floor. Admission free.

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