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Young Man with Parrots and Monkeys
  • Young Man with Parrots and Monkeys

    TitleYoung Man with Parrots and Monkeys
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 144 x 120 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 165 x 140 x 9 cm
  • DatingSigned 1670
  • Artist/Maker Artist: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl, Swedish, born 1628-04-25, dead 1698-10-27
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 1407
  • AcquisitionOmföring 1888 från Gripsholmssamlingen, nr 800 (i äldre tid säkerligen på Drottningholm)
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1617 17th century
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
    Images and media

    Collecting the world around them was important to princes and noblemen in seventeenth century Europe. Plants, animals, and even people from distant continents were placed in their palaces as examples of God’s remarkable creation. Here the Swedish court painter has painted a portrait of a young African man surrounded by exotic animals. The man is depicted at the intersection of two worlds: together with the animals he is part of the strange and mysterious but with his elegant clothes and relaxed gestures he fits in with the Swedish court milieu.