The Pregnant Countess Wrangel

Matthäus Merian the Younger, Matthäus Merian1648 or 1651

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle
Skoklosters, Sweden

This very intimate portrait shows the pregnant Anna Margareta von Haugwitz with a lamb and a globe, symbols of Christian devotion and eternity. Merian conducted during the years 1647-62 a large number of portraits on behalf of Carl Gustaf Wrangel. About twentyfive of those are still at Skokloster today.

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  • Title: The Pregnant Countess Wrangel
  • Creator: Matthaeus Merian
  • Date Created: 1648 or 1651
  • artist: Matthaeus Merian the Younger
  • Tags: Portrait, Baroque
  • Physical Dimensions: w 880. h 1070 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 the Spanish Netherlands 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 executed a large number of portraits of Wrangel and other prominent persons connected to the Swedish army.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle