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 David Klocker Ehrenstrahl  (1628 - 1698)

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Lived/Active: Sweden/Germany      Known for: Court portrait painting, allegory frescoes

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"CAROLUS. XII. REX SUECIA." (1682-1718)
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David Klocker Ehrenstrahl was a Swedish nobleman and portrait painter. He was born in Hamburg. In 1652, at twenty-four years of age, at the request of Carl Gustaf Wrangel, he moved from his art studies in the Netherlands to Skokloster Castle.

Between 1654 and 1661 he studied in Italy and visited the courts of both France and England. On his return in 1661, he became Court Painter. He was raised to the nobility in 1674,  and became "court indendant" in 1690. Mikael Dahl and David von Krafft as well as his daughter Anna Maria (born 1666) can be found among his pupils. David Klöcker married Maria Momma 1663.

The allegoric great hall ceiling fresco, named The Great Deeds of The Swedish Kings, in the Swedish House of Knights, made between 1670 and 1675, is considered to be his greatest work. A second version was made in Drottningholm Palace, the home of the Swedish Royal Family, in 1695. The Drottningholm fresco, also became the motive of the 1000th and ever largest postage stamp by Czeslaw Slania, the Polish postage stamp and banknote engraver.

Ehrenstrahl is also known for his proposal in 1694, that:?- "Art presents riddles that could not be solved by everyone".

He died in Stockholm.


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