This portrait of Queen Kristina of Sweden was probably painted by David Beck in her coronation year, in 1650. Kristina (1626-1689) was the daughter of King Gustav II Adolf of the Vasa and Queen Maria Eleonora of the Brandenburg dynasty. During Kristina’s ten year old regency Stockholm became a meeting place for the great philosophers and scientists of her time. In 1654, she abdicated and settled down in Rome after converting to Catholicism. The portrait, which is typical of Beck’s so-called third type with shorter parting of her hair in the middle and more compact ringlets, was included among the paintings she brought with her to Rome. The painting has previously been attributed to Sébastien Bourdon.


  • Title: Kristina, Queen of Sweden
  • Creator: David Beck
  • Date Created: c. 1650
  • Provenance: Queen Christina of Sweden, Bukowskis, Stockholm 1987, the Royal Armoury, Stockholm 1987.
  • Physical Dimensions: W 173 mm, H 230 mm
  • Painter: David Beck
  • Description: David Beck was an artist of Dutch origin. He was the Queen’s court painter in Stockholm from 1647-1651, and was subsequently in her service in Rome and in France.
  • Subject Keywords: Queen Christina, Portrait, Baroque
  • Type: Oil on copper
  • External Link: Livrustkammaren

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