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The Field Marshal Königsmarck

Matthäus Merian the Younger1651

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle
Skoklosters, Sweden

Signed and dated Matth: Merian Junior Fecit Ao 1651. Hans Christoffer von Königsmarck was a Field-Marshall in the Swedish army who mainly built his reputation as a great commander during the 30 years war. Born in Brandenburg, Königmarck first joined the imperial army, but later swoped sides after Gustavus Adolphus arrival on German soil in 1630. He is most recognized as the one who conquered the Lesser Side of Prague, known as the Mala Strana, in 1648.

We know from their correspondence that Matthaeus Merian also served Carl Gustaf Wrangel as an importer of wine and other luxury goods.

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  • Title: The Field Marshal Königsmarck
  • Creator: Matthaeus Merian
  • Date Created: 1651
  • artist: Matthaeus Merian the Younger
  • Tags: Portrait, Baroque
  • Provenance: Skokloster Castle 1676
  • Physical Dimensions: w 900, h 1150 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: Matthaeus Merian, son of the painter and engraver Matthaeus Merian the Elder, first studied under Joachim von Sandrart in Frankfurt, before going to Holland and Flanders were he met and got inspired by Rubens and Jordaens. After his fathers death Merian took over the family business and focused his work on engravings, mainly the illustrated works of the Theatrum Europaeum, a contemporary chronicle over the central persons and important events during the 17th century. He also served as court painter to Carl Gustaf Wrangel during the years 1647-62 and under that period painted around 50 portraits of Wrangel and other prominent persons connected to the Swedish army. About half of that production is still at Skokloster Castle today.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle

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