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Paintings on Ottoman Sultan exhibiting in Sweden

Stockholm museum exhibits 361-year-old oil paintings depicting hunting by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet IV

Sorwar Alam   | 12.03.2018
Paintings on Ottoman Sultan exhibiting in Sweden


By Atila Altuntas


The 17th-century paintings illustrating a hunting expedition by the nineteenth Ottoman Sultan Mehmed IV are being exhibited in a museum in the Swedish capital.

Twenty oil paintings on the hunting expedition of the Ottoman Sultan, known as Mehmed the Hunter, showing his passion for hunting in 1657, are among the most popular works of the Nordiska Museum in Stockholm, according to a museum official.

Ulla Karin Warberg, director of the museum, told Anadolu Agency the paintings were done by Claes Ralamb, who was sent as a Swedish Ambassador to Istanbul in 1657 by King Charles X Gustav of Sweden.

“The paintings are invaluable in terms of reflecting the culture between the two countries,'' Warberg said.

She noted that 15 out of 20 oil paintings belong to the Claes Ralamb family but added: "We have agreed that but they will be exhibited indefinitely in the museum”.

The other five paintings were purchased at an auction in 1988, said Warberg.

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