The Cronstedt Collection counting around 6300 numbers is the second largest collection of older architectural drawings in Sweden after the better-known Tessin-Hårleman Collection (also in the Nationalmuseum). It was assembled by the Swedish architect Carl Johan Cronstedt (1709–1777) during his seven years study journey to France and Italy and his later career as royal architect and Superintendent of public buildings. The collection was kept at Cronstedt’s country seat Fullerö in Västmanland and remained there until the 1940s, when it was acquired by the Nationalmuseum.
The aim of the research project is to prepare a catalogue of a selected number of ca. 180 Italian architectural drawings in the Cronstedt Collection. The selection includes a number of original project drawings for chapels, churches, palaces, gardens, fountains, etc. executed by some of the most distinguished architects active in Rome between the last quarter of the 16th and the first two decades of the 17th century, such as Francesco da Volterra and Carlo Maderno. Also included is a group of around one hundred drawings, dating ca. 1560-1575, after ancient Roman architecture and after Michelangelo and Vignola by French draughtsmen, probably belonging to the circle of Etienne Dupérac. Of the latter, nine drawings based on Michelangelo’s model for the dome of St. Peter’s and twelve drawings for Villa Giulia after Vignola are well known to scholars, all the others are unpublished.
The project is led by Dr. Anna Bortolozzi and is funded by Torsten och Ragnar Söderbergs Stiftelser. Initial funding has also been provided by Birgit och Gad Rausings stiftelse, Berit Wallenbergs stiftelse and Stiftelsen Leo Holmgrens Minne.
Francesco da Volterra, project for the decoration of the Caetani chapel at Santa Pudenziana, Rome, ca. 1591. NMH CC 165