"Portrait Of The Young King Charles XI Of Sweden Attributed To Justus Sustermans (1597-1681)"
Our painting is the presumed portrait of Charles XI of Sweden (at the presumed age of 9 years therefore in 1664). He wears a state dress of great wealth.
We know several paintings painted at various ages of the King (especially at 5.7 and 11 years) by David Klöcker VON EHRENSTRAHL, which allows us this precise dating.
This painting is very similar to another painting of Sustermans that can be admired at the Palace Vecchio in Florence by the young princess Anne Louise de Medici.
Oil on canvas 137 cm by 99 cm
Old frame of 155 cm by 118 cm
Provenance: Former Abbey of Jumièges -collection Aimé-Honoré Lepel Cointet
Charles XI (1655-1697)
Charles XI is the son of King Charles X Gustave and his wife Edwige-Eleonore of Holstein-Gottorp. His father died in February 1660 when he was only four years old. He became king under the authority of a regency council comprising the principal dignitaries of the kingdom: SeneschalPer Brahe, ChancellorMagnus Gabriel De la Gardie, TreasurerGustaf Bonde, MarshalGabriel Gabrielsson Oxenstierna (sv) and Admiral Carl Gustaf Wrangel. The council is theoretically chaired by her mother, but her mother does not pay much attention to government affairs. The treaties of Olivaet de Kardis, concluded in 1660-1661 by the Council of Regency, put an end to the First Northern War by Charles X. The Pologner states its claims on Estonia and Bolivia. In the field of domestic politics, the aristocracy takes years of regency to strengthen its power.
Justus Sustermans (1597-1681)
In 1609, in Antwerp, Giusto Sustermans is a pupil of the painter Willem de Vos. From 1616 to 1619, he went to Paris where he attended the studio of the portraitist Frans Pourbus the Younger. He leaves for Florence with a group of French upholsterers engaged by the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He became the official painter of the Medici court (under Cosimo II, then under Ferdinand II and Cosmo III). In his day, he is considered throughout Italy as the finest portraitist under the nickname Monsù Giusto and most Italian courts appeal to his talent: in Rome by Pope Urban VIII in 1627 and by Pope Innocent X in 1645, in Milan by the governor, the Marquis of Leganes, in 1640, but also in Ferrara, Genoa, Mantua, Modena, Parma. It is found in Vienna in 1623 and Innsbruck in 1653.
A considerable work that spans more than sixty years in which it will represent portraits, but also subjects of historical or religious inspiration
The whole of Florentine society, princes, servants, ecclesiastics, soldiers, scholars, members of the greatest Italian families: Barberini, Colonna, Corsini, d'Este, Farnese, Pampili. None of his works are signed, they are or attributed, or his studio