Allegori och antikreception : En ikonografisk analys av nischskulpturerna på Stockholms slotts södra entréparti
Sammanfattning: This paper investigates the iconographical meaning of the niche sculptures at the south entrance of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Two groups of four sculptures have been investigated. The first group of sculptures with motifs of Hercules great victories is illustrated in Nicodemus Tessin the younger’s layout of the south entrance of the Royal Palace in Stockholm from the beginning of the 18th century in honour of Carl XII. These sculptures were never made and the niches stood empty until the 1890s when they were filled with the second group of four sculptures with motifs of abductions of women from classical mythology that were first made to be in Carl XI’s gallery inside the palace. Due to the debate in 2017’s #metoo-movement the paper discusses the Abduction group’s location on the southern entrance and the meaning of them today in their new context. The analysis found that Tessin in the Hercules sculptures wanted to show Carl XII as the hero who protects the realm from evil in different forms, which are often represented by symbols of barbarism and wildness. In the Abduction group, Tessin wanted to highlight Carl XI as an absolute ruler.
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