The Count's Court Jester

David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl1651

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle
Skoklosters, Sweden

Signed and dated Dav Klöker A:o 1651. Hindrik Hasenberger was the court jester of Carl Gustaf Wrangel. Ehrenstrahl conducted at least three portraits of Hasenberger during his stay with Wrangel in Wolgast 1651-52. Two of them are at Skokloster Castle, while the third belongs to the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

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  • Title: The Count's Court Jester
  • Creator: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl
  • Date Created: 1651
  • artist: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl
  • Tags: Portrait, German school
  • Physical Dimensions: w 850, h 1100 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl is largly recognized as the finest painter of the Swedish Carolingian era. The young David Klöcker made his first Swedish connection when he was hired as a notar during the peace negotiations in Westphalia 1646-48. After that he travelled to Amsterdam where he studied under the German painter Juriaen Jacobsz. Shortly after he came in contact with the Swedish Govenor General of Pomerania, Carl Gustaf Wrangel for whom he executed several paintings during his stay at Wrangels residence in Wolgast in 1651-52. He then accompanied Wrangel to Sweden where he was introduced at court and painted for the Widow Queen Maria Eleonora. Ehrenstrahl later left Sweden for a study trip to Italy and several European courts before returning and settling as court painter in 1661. He was raised to nobility and added the name Ehrenstrahl in 1674.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle