Baron Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt in Florence
  • Baron Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt in Florence

    TitleBaron Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt in Florence
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 50 x 65,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 59 x 75 x 7 cm
  • DatingSigned 1793
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Louis Gauffier, French, born 1761, dead 1801
  • Depicted PersonGustaf Mauritz Armfelt, Swedish, born 1757-03-31, dead 1814-08-19
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 2654
  • AcquisitionGift 1927 Countess Sofie Nordenfalk
  • Description
    Images and media

    Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt, Swedish ambassador to the Italian courts, is shown with Florence’s le Cascine in the background. On his knee is Voltaire’s La mort de César. He contemplates busts of the murdered Julius Caesar and Gustav III. Armfelt fell out of favour after the Swedish king’s death. The painting has a political message, and not unexpectedly it was used as evidence when Armfelt in his absence was sentenced to death for high treason.