Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden at The Morgan Library & Museum

More than 75 masterpieces from the collection of Swedish count Carl Gustaf Tessin, now owned by Nationalmuseum, are brought to New York for a rare visit. The show includes works by artists such as Dürer, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau and Boucher.

François Boucher, The Triumph of Venus.The image is cropped.

François Boucher, The Triumph of Venus.The image is cropped.

February 3–May 14 2017.
At The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

The 18th century marked a peak in the artistic relationship between France and Sweden. French art was very influential in Sweden, and conversely a Swedish count, Carl Gustaf Tessin, played a significant role in the artistic life of the French capital for a brief but intense period. Tessin served as Swedish ambassador in Paris from 1739 to 1742. In this role, he was involved in top-secret political negotiations, but the enduring legacy of his time in France was the extensive contacts he made in the art world and the many works of art he acquired. The collection now belongs to Nationalmuseum, where it is one of the crown jewels. 

An exclusive selection of more than 75 notable works from the Tessin collection will be on show at The Morgan Library & Museum during the spring 2017. It is a modified version of the exhibition that was on show at the Louvre in autumn 2016. Among the artworks are paintings by François Boucher and Jean-Siméon Chardin and drawings by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Nicholas Poussin and Antoine Watteau.

A lavishly illustrated catalogue has been published to coincide with the exhibition, featuring various articles about Tessin and his collection based on new research. There will also be related programs with lectures, workshops, concerts and gallery talks.

Jacques-André-Joseph Aved: Greve Carl Gustaf Tessin (1695-1770).NM 5535
Jacques-André-Joseph Aved, Count Carl Gustaf Tessin 


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

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