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Allegory of Queen Hedvig Eleonora as Minerva, 1654 (oil on canvas)

Allegory of Queen Hedvig Eleonora as Minerva, 1654 (oil on canvas)


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Allegory of Queen Hedvig Eleonora as Minerva, 1654 (oil on canvas)

3930866 Allegory of Queen Hedvig Eleonora as Minerva, 1654 (oil on canvas) by Ovens, Jurgen (1623-78); 105x78 cm; National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; (add.info.: Princess Hedvig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp (1636-1715) became Queen of Sweden in 1654, when she married Karl X Gustav.The princesss virtues, fertility and high birth are represented in allegorical form. She is being crowned by the goddess Minerva. Flowers, coins and jewels fall from the sky, where putti hold aloft the arms of Holstein-Gottorp. The portrait may have been a wedding gift to her husband.
); German, out of copyright

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The captivating print of "Allegory of Queen Hedvig Eleonora as Minerva" transports viewers to a time of grandeur and symbolism. Painted by Jurgen Ovens in 1654, this oil on canvas masterpiece measures 105x78 cm and is housed in the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Princess Hedvig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp ascended to the throne as Queen of Sweden upon her marriage to Karl X Gustav. This portrait beautifully captures her virtues, fertility, and noble lineage through allegorical representation. The goddess Minerva crowns the queen while flowers, coins, and jewels cascade from the sky above. Putti hold aloft the arms of Holstein-Gottorp, symbolizing their support for her reign. Speculated to be a wedding gift for her husband, this painting showcases not only Queen Hedvig Eleonora's beauty but also her importance within Swedish society. It embodies themes such as royalty, aristocracy, mythology, and abundance. The intricate details within this artwork reflect both classical influences and Scandinavian culture. From cornucopias overflowing with fruits to cherubs adorning the scene with gracefulness - every element tells a story. As we gaze upon this print today, we are reminded of an era when art was used not only for aesthetic pleasure but also as a means to convey power and status. It serves as a testament to Queen Hedvig Eleonora's place in history and invites us into a world where myth meets reality.

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