|Dimensions||Image 180 x 131 mm, Plate 183 x 133 mm, Sheet 188 x 139 mm|
From Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato's Historia Della Sacra Real Maesta Di Christina Alessandra, Regina di Suetia, &c., a portrait of Christina Alexandra, Queen regnant of Sweden, turned to the right and facing the viewer. The portrait is set within an oval inscribed with sitter's name.
Christina Alexandra (1626 - 1689) was the daughter of Gustav II Adolph and Maria Eleonora of Brandenbrug. At the age of six, Christina succeeded her father on the throne following his death at the Battle of Lützen, and when she turned eighteen, began ruling. She was Queen regnant of Sweden from 1632 until her abdication in 1654. During her reign, she took the titles of Queen of the Swedes, Goths, and Wends, and Grand Princess of Finland. Christina was one of the most educated women of the 17th century, showing an interest in paintings, books, manuscripts, sculptures, religion, philosophy, and science. She rejected the traditional role of the woman, and refused to marry, causing great scandal.
Condition: Trimmed close to plate mark. Residue from framing tape along upper edge of sheet from verso.