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Meritorious Citizens in Royal Surroundings: The National Portrait Gallery of Sweden and its Use of a Historical Environment as Exhibition Space
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2015 (English)In: Museum History Journal, ISSN 1936-9816, E-ISSN 1936-9824, Vol. 8, no 1, 73-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The National Portrait gallery of Sweden was created during the 1820s. Its location in a sixteenth century royal palace outside of Stockholm makes it an interesting example of curatorial practices and experiments from a period before the scientification and specialization of museums in the 1850s and onwards. The portrait gallery built on the traditional royal picture galleries, but with the addition of commoners who were considered ‘merited citizens’ worthy to be included in a context of nationalistic pride. The narrative of the gallery was told not only by the portraits, but was also making use of the historical palace interiors and of guide book text that tried to create a mood in the visitor with the help of romanticized anecdotes, poetry, and quotes from plays, novels, and operas. The article focuses upon the curatiorial practices, the relation to other contemporary museums, and other possible sources of inspiration.

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2015. Vol. 8, no 1, 73-87 p.
Keyword [en]
National Portrait Gallery, museum history, curating history, Gripsholm Palace, Adolf Ludvig Stierneld
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History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244530DOI: 10.1179/1936981614Z.00000000041ISI: 000359160000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-244530DiVA: diva2:789063
Att skapa en fosterländsk historia. Adolf Ludvig Stjerneld som kulturarvsproducent, museigrundare, samlare och historieförfalskare
Swedish Research Council, 435-2011-7019
Available from: 2015-02-17 Created: 2015-02-17 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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