Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin at The Morgan Library & Museum, February 3 – May 14, 2017

“The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, collaborated with the Morgan Library & Museum to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its renowned collections to New York in an extraordinary new exhibition.

The Nationalmuseum’s core holdings were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day. The son and grandson of architects, Tessin held posts in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, where he came into contact with the leading Parisian artists of the time and commissioned many works from them. By the time he left the city in 1742, he amassed an impressive collection of paintings and drawings.” — The Morgan Library & Museum

“We are delighted to host this exhibition of masterworks from the Nationalmuseum,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The selection of paintings and drawings is of the highest quality. Fine examples of work from the Italian, French, and Northern European schools are represented, with a group of sixty master drawings forming the heart of the show. We are deeply grateful to the museum’s director general Berndt Arell and his curatorial staff for making this collaboration possible.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Jacques-André-Joseph Aved, Portrait of Count Carl Gustaf Tessin, oil on canvas, 149 x 116 cm. Frame dims: 188 x 156 x 15 cm.

Jacques-André-Joseph Aved (French, 1702– 1766), Portrait of Count Carl Gustaf Tessin, 1740, oil on canvas. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Italian, 1449-1494), Portrait of an Old Man, ca. 1490. Silverpoint and point of the brush, heightened with white on pink prepared paper. 28.8 x 21.4 cm. Frame dims: 64 x 66cm.

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Italian, 1449-1494), Head of an Old Man, ca. 1490, silverpoint with white heightening on pink prepared paper. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Giulio Romano, Apollo with a Lover. Pen and brown ink, brown wash. 28.9 x 23.1 cm. Frame dims: 60 x 47 cm.

Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano (Italian, ca. 1499–1546), Apollo and Cyparissus, ca. 1525-30, pen and brown ink and brown wash. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

Francesco Primaticcio, Alcytoe and her Sisters. Pen and red ink, red wash, heightened with white, 25.2 x 30.7 cm.

Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, 1504–1570), The Daughters of Minyas, ca. 1540-45, pen and red ink and wash, heightened with white, on pink prepared paper. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), Nude Study of a young man on his back, ca. 1580-90. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm NM 769/1863.

Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560–1609), Nude Study of a Young Man Lying on his Back, ca. 1583-85, red chalk. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Rafael (Raffaello Sanzio), The Adoration of the Magi and Shepherds. Pen and brown ink on paper. 27.2 x 42 cm. Frame dims: 50 x 65 cm.

Raphael (Raffaello Santi, Italian, 1483–1520), Adoration of the Infant Christ, ca. 1503–4, pen and brown ink, incised for transfer. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

Nicolas Poussin, The Nourishment of Jupiter. Pen and brown ink, 17.4 x 24.1 cm.

Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594-1665), The Nourishment of Jupiter, ca. 1635, pen and brown ink, with reworked patch pasted at center. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617), Self Portrait. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm NMH 1867/1863.

Hendrick Goltzius (Netherlandish, 1558–1617), Self-Portrait, ca. 1590–91, black, red, and white chalk, with watercolors. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), Study for the etching of 1635, the Great Jewish Bride, ca 1635. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm NMH 1992/1863.

Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669), Study for the Figure of Esther in The Great Jewish Bride, 1635, pen and graybrown and dark brown ink, brown and gray wash, on beige paper. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn,Three Cottages by a Road. Pen and brown ink, brown wash, corrections with white body colour, 18.2 x 24.2 cm. Frame dims: 47 x 60 cm.

Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669), Three Thatched Cottages by a Road, ca. 1640, pen and brown ink and wash, with touches of white heightening. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721), Four studies of a young woman's head. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm NMH 2836/1863.

Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721), Four Studies of a Young Woman’s Head, ca. 1720, red, black, and white chalk. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

François Boucher, The Triumph of Venus. Oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm. Frame dims: 166 x 199 x 15 cm.

François Boucher (French, 1703-1770), The Triumph of Venus, 1740, oil on canvas. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

François Boucher, The Milliner. Oil on canvas, 64 x 53 cm. Frame dims: 90 x 80 x 12 cm.

François Boucher (French, 1703-1770), The Milliner, 1746, oil on canvas. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Jean-Baptiste Oudry, The Dachshound Pehr with Dead game and Rifle. Oil on canvas, 135 x 109 cm. Frame dims: 165 x 140 x 13 cm.

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686-1755), The Dachshund Pehr with Dead Game and Rifle, 1740, oil on canvas. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Jean Siméon Chardin, The Morning Toilette. Oil on canvas, 49 x 39 cm. Frame dims: 74 x 65 x 11 cm.

Jean Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779), The Morning Toilette, 1740-41, oil on canvas. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

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Installation view. Photograph by Corrado Serra for Arts Summary.

Jean Siméon Chardin, Young Student Drawing. Oil on wood, 19.5 x 17.5 cm. Frame dims: 31 x 29 x 4 cm.

Jean Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779), Young Student Drawing, 1733-35, oil on oak. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.