CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Optional: Excursion to Skokloster Castle

Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, the CODART 23 Congress will not take place. The information below is provided for informative purposes only and is no longer applicable.

Optional program: Wednesday, 17 June 2019

Full-day excursion to Skokloster Castle

On Wednesday, participants have the opportunity to visit Skokloster Castle for an additional fee (€85). This is a full-day excursion that includes transport and lunch, and ends in Stockholm at around 17:00.

Skokloster Castle

Built between 1654 and 1676, Skokloster is considered one of the best-kept Baroque castles of Europe. The castle was commissioned by military commander Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel but was never fully completed. This resulted in an unfinished banqueting hall and the presence of building tools that remained in the building. Most of the castle has remained in its original state for over 300 years.

Our visit

We will join an exclusive, in-depth tour of the entire castle, exploring the paintings and uniquely preserved interiors that are on display. The painting collection offers a rare opportunity to study untouched artworks, since the castle was conserved as a memorial to those for whom it was built. Many works have hung or been mounted in their present positions since the seventeenth century.

Skoklosters Slott, Skokloster
Photo: MyMichelle (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to study and discuss a specific selection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the collection. The curators of the collection invite you to contribute your expertise in this session. There are several unattributed artworks in the Skokloster Castle collection and the curators would like to take a closer look at them together with the participants. They would also like to discuss the relationship between the preservation status and aesthetics of these  seventeenth-century works of art. They will present the results of technical research and share with you the archival material that they possess on the paintings chosen for this interactive session.


One of the rooms at Skokloster Castle Photo by: Holger.Ellgaard (CC-SA 3.0)

One of the rooms at Skokloster Castle. On the right a portrait of  Anna Margareta von Haugwitz, Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel’s wife.
Photo by: Holger.Ellgaard (CC-SA 3.0)

About the collection

Skokloster’s well-preserved rooms contain diverse collections of paintings, furniture, textiles, silver and glass tableware, as well as books and weapons. They include a collection of 1,000 paintings, 600 of which are portraits dating from the fifteenth century to 1961. Other genres, such as landscapes, still lifes, history paintings, genre paintings and religious works, are also well-represented. There are notable works by Jacob Jordaens, Roelandt Savery, Gerard van Honthorst, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Jan Steen and Salomon Koninck. Highlights include Joseph and his Brothers by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout and The Holy Family in a Boat by Jacob Jordaens.

Jan Steen (1625/1626–1679), <em>Winter Landscape</em>, ca. 1650 Skokloster Castle, Stockholm

Jan Steen (1625/1626–1679), Winter Landscape, ca. 1650
Skokloster Castle, Stockholm

Program full-day excursion to Skokloster Castle

08:00 – 09:30
Transport by bus from Stockholm’s city center to Skokloster Castle
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee at the Skokloster Castle Café & Welcome by Museum Director Rebecka Enhörning
10:00 – 11:30
Guided tour of the Castle: Introduction to the Castle and the Collections by Inger Olovsson (Curator of the Skokloster Castle Collections), Ann-Cathrin Rothlind (Paintings conservator and keeper of the Skokloster art collection, Collections of Department and Research, The National Museums) and Annika Williams (Curator of the Hallwyl Collection, The Department of Collections of Research, The National Museums)
11:30 – 12:00
The History of the Painting Collection, Ann-Cathrin Rothlind
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch at Skokloster Castle Café
13:00 – 15:00
Interactive sessions: Unattributed masterpieces (?) in the collection; Connoisseurship and technical documentation of artworks; Preserving the authenticity and the value of the artworks in the context of the historic house.
15:30 – 17:00
Departure from Skokloster Castle and transport by bus back to the city center of Stockholm
End of program