Ten Years of Portraits

The exhibition Ten Years of Portraits is a selection of honorary portraits on show at Gripsholm Castle. Together these acquisitions are forming a cavalcade of Swedish portraiture from the 1840s to the present.

A feature which the works on display share is their intimate format. In technique and expression, however, they vary, including everything from oil paintings and
drawings to photographs. Both well-known and
unknown artists are represented. We hope you
will enjoy this smorgasbord of Swedish portraits.

Every year for over half a century, the Gripsholm
Association of 1937 has presented an honorary
portrait of a Swede deserving of celebration to the
Swedish National Portrait Gallery at Gripsholm
Castle.

The Association has also provided significant
funding each year over the last decade for
ongoing purchases of portraits for the collections
at the Castle.

The Swedish National Portrait Gallery

Gripsholm Castle is home to the world's oldest national portrait gallery. This is also one of the world's largest portrait galleries, and currently includes approximately 5,000 works, mostly oil paintings. Over 800 of these portraits are on show at Grupsholms Castle.

Visit Gripsholms Castle

Gripsholms Castle is one of our most popular sites. On the shores of Lake Mälaren, Gripsholm Castle towers powerfully and fairytale-like over the idyllic small town of Mariefred in Södermanland. Just an hour drive from Stockholm makes it perfect for a day trip. Gripsholm is known as Gustav Vasa's castle, as it was he who built the castle here in 1537. The Castle is open daily May until September.

Top image: Portrait of actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) by Åke Lange in 1935. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum

Hedersporträtt Gripsholms slott

Portrait of Jenny Hasselquist (1894-1978), signed Henry Buergel Goodwind in 1921. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum

Hedersporträtt Gripsholms slott

Portrait of writer Tove Jansson (1914-2001), by Hans Gedda in 1967. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum

Gripsholm Castle

Exhibition