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Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden
  • Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden

    TitleBringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 265 x 371 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 343 x 449 x 26 cm
  • DatingSigned 1884
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Gustaf Cederström, Swedish, born 1845, dead 1933
  • Depicted PersonKing Karl XII, Swedish, born 1682-06-17, dead 1718-11-30
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 1363
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1884 Sophia Giesecke Fund, contribution from Letterstedtska Föreningen and others
  • Collection Svenskt 1800-talsmåleri
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
    Images and media

    The scene stretches panorama-like across a snowy mountain landscape. A column of troops winds its way to the horizon. The uniforms and arms are accurately depicted, but the scene as a whole is a fantasy. Charles XII’s body was not carried on an open bier, but in a coffin pulled on a wagon. The artist has combined the return of the body with the story of General Armfeldt’s disastrous retreat across the Jämtland mountains.