The Swedish National Portrait Gallery

Since 1822 Gripsholm Castle has housed the oldest national collection of portraits in the world. For 140 years this has been part of Nationalmuseum.

The collection contains almost 5,000 portraits and continues to grow. This national treasure includes everything from 16th century royal portraits to the faces of famous contemporaries. Photographic portraits became a new aspect of the collection a mere decade ago, an obvious development as photography became the dominant form of portraiture. 

From the very beginning the idea was that the portraits were to depict individuals who had made valuable contributions to Swedish life. For a long time this more or less meant members of the establishment, most of them elderly men. Today the selection has become wider and there are portraits of figures from all walks of life. It contains works by both Swedish and international artists – ranging from Alexander Roslin to Irving Penn.


Art Library and Museum Archives,
Holmamiralens väg 2,
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 

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