Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Queen of Art

The Queen of Sweden at the Louvre in Paris
(Musee du Louvre Twitter)

The Queen of Sweden reigned in Paris today. Silvia headed to the Louvre to see a collection of art loaned from Stockholm for a special exhibition on a man with links to both Sweden and France. 

Queen Silvia was opening the event Tessin, Un Suedois a Paris at the Louvre which will run from October 20th 2016 until January 16th 2017. It features art work which once belonged to Carl Gustaf Tessin, an aristocrat who acted as unofficial Swedish ambassador to France in the middle of the 18th century. He spent so much of his income on paintings that eventually he had to sell some to royalty to pay his debts. Buyers included Frederik the Great whose sister, Louisa Ulrika, was married to Adolf Frederik who would go on to become King of Sweden in 1751.

The royal links between Tessin's arts and Sweden's royalty was far less contentious this time round as Silvia toured the exhibition which brings together many of the best known pieces he owned. Several have been lent to the Louvre by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

Queen Silvia is the second consort to visit the City of Light for a major art exhibition in the past two weeks - Queen Mathilde was in Paris earlier in October to see events featuring the works of Magritte and  Herge. Today, Paris belonged to Silvia as she visited a part of Sweden's history from several centuries past, brought to life again in the 21st century.

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