SKOGH, Lisa. Material Worlds. Queen Hedwig Eleonora As Collector And Patron Of The Arts.

Stockholm, The Center for History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2013.


Royal 8vo (240 x 175 mm). Pictorial card wrappers with flaps; pp. 359, [1], illustrated in colour throughout; new.

First edition. Material Worlds explores thepatronage and collecting of Queen Hedwig Eleonara of Sweden (1636-1715). The book principally focuses on three of her areas of interest, grouped as metaphorical material worlds: pictures, wonders and knowledge. It looks at Hedwig Eleonara's patronage of portraitists, miniaturists, ivory sculptors, hardstone carvers, jewellers and goldsmiths, as well as ideas on natural resources, rarities and scholarship, which were all of great significance to the visual display and political culture created around the Swedish royal court. Futhermore, the study of her collections brings to light the influence of her international connections, including agents of exclusive commodities and scholars, as well as the great importance of her continental family network. Of the latter, the most notable are the courts at Gottorf and Dresden, whose patronage patterns are mirrored in the symbolic environments created by Hedwig Eleonara.