Carl Gustaf Tessin

When Nicodemus Tessin the Younger died in 1728, Carl Gustaf Tessin was appointed Superintendent, ensuring that Stockholm Palace would be built entirely according to his father's design. He was not a practising architect, but he was a renowned art expert.

The palace's interiors are the result of excellent co-operation between Carl Gustaf Tessin and Carl Hårleman. The pair visited Paris – at that time, the most important place for seeing the influences of modern artistic ideals – on various occasions.

While serving as a minister in Vienna he made a number of visits to Venice, primarily to recruit artists for Stockholm Palace. His private art collection formed the basis for Nationalmuseum's collection.

Tessin supported the French artist Guillaume Thomas Raphaël Taraval's proposal to teach drawing to young Swedes. This led to the creation of the Royal Academy of Drawing, now the Royal Institute of Art.

The Hall of State. Carl Gustaf Tessin and Carl Hårleman's adaptation of Nicodemus Tessin's project. "The mouldings on the ceiling have been omitted, and the atlantes have been replaced by seated female figures."

Carl Gustaf Tessin

Portrait of Carl Gustav Tessin, painted by Gustaf Lundberg in 1761.

Palace architect
Carl Gustaf Tessin