To mark the 40th birthday of HRH Crown Princess Victoria, the Friends of Nationalmuseum have presented the National Portrait Collection at Gripsholm Castle with a photographic portrait by Thron Ullberg depicting the princess in one of her favourite settings, the Gustav III Pavilion at Haga.
The Crown Princess is portrayed in her role as heir to the throne, her gaze set firmly on the future. Thron Ullberg (born 1969) is one of Sweden’s leading portrait photographers. He started out studying fine art but soon turned his attention to photography. Ullberg often works with a large-format camera and conventional negatives, which he then manipulates digitally, being a devotee of the craft of traditional photography.
His portraits are consciously staged, with specific image-related associations and a theatrical character inspired by advertising and fashion photography as well as film and video. Ullberg’s works blend intimacy with distance, reflecting both the personal and the official side of the subject. Many of these characteristics are apparent in the portrait of Crown Princess Victoria.
At a ceremony at Gripsholm Castle on 8 November, Nationalmuseum and the Friends of Nationalmuseum jointly presented a copy of the portrait to HRH Crown Princess Victoria.
National Portrait Collection
Since 1822 Gripsholm Castle has been home to the National Portrait Collection, the oldest of its kind in the world, which now comprises over 5,000 portraits of Swedish men and women. Nationalmuseum has managed the collection since 1881.
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