|Artist||Petit after Sébastien Bourdon|
|Published||A Paris chez Odieure Md. d'Estempes Quay de l'Ecole à la belle Image [c.1689]|
|Dimensions||Image 134 x 95 mm, Plate 141 x 101 mm, Sheet 240 x 159 mm|
Portrait of Christina Alexandra, Queen regnant of Sweden, set within an oval upon a pedestal inscribed with sitter's name, date of birth, and death.
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.
Sébastien Bourdon (1616 - 1671) was a French painter and printmaker, best known for producing The Crucifixion of St. Peter for Notre Dame. Bourdon trained and worked Paris, but between 1636 and 1637, spent periods in Rome, and between 1653 and 1654, acted as court painter for Christina, Queen of Sweden.
Ex.Col.: House of Savoy
Condition: Time toning to edges of sheet.