Lisa Skogh Biography

A pair of portrait miniatures depicting Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf (1636-1715) and her consort, Carl X Gustaf (1622-1660), King of Sweden painted by Pierre Signac (1623-1684) c. 1654-1660.

A pair of portrait miniatures depicting Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf (1636-1715) and her consort, Carl X Gustaf (1622-1660), King of Sweden painted by Pierre Signac (1623-1684) c. 1654-1660.

Name: Dr. Lisa Skogh

Role: Visiting Research Fellow

Research Project: “The Kunstkammer and the Early Modern Consort: Knowledge, Networks and Influences”
Research Interests

Kunstkammer (Cabinets of Curiosities), Wonders, Early Modern Collecting, Patronage, Early Modern Women, Early modern knowledge in ref. to the arts and the sciences, Amateurship, metallurgy and princely mining cultures, miniatures and portraiture in collections, displays and as exchange, art patronage and brokerage, ivories and early modern designers, and in all political culture and the arts. 

Selected Research Outputs (Exhibitions)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Europe Gallery 1600-1800 (aspects of the Cabinet) forthcoming 2014
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Wild Boar and Peaches. A reunion of Two 18th-century Artists 2008

Books and exhibition catalogues

“Material Worlds. Queen Hedwig Eleonora as Collector and Patron” (2103) Published by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Centre for the History of Science (Monograph)

European silver in the Nationalmuseum, 1500-1850, volume II (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 2011)

Swedish silver in the Nationalmuseum, 1500-1850, vol. I, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 2009)


“South, East and North: The Swedish Royal Collections and Dowager Queen Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715)”in Collecting The East & West, eds. Andrea Galdy, Susan Bracken, Adriana Turpin (Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013).

“Ivory portrait medallions in the collection of Swedish Queen Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp” in Barocke Kunststückh. Sculpture studies in Honour of Christian Theuerkauff Festschrift, eds. Marjorie Trusted and RegineMarth (Munich: HirmerVerlag, 2011).

“Dynastic Representation. A Book Collection of Queen Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715) & Her Role as a Patron of the Arts” in Konsthistorisktidskrift/Art History Journal, (London: Taylor & Francis), 80: 2, 108-123, June 2011.

“Politics of Possession. The Pretiosa Collection of Hedwig Eleonora” for the Journal of the History of Collections (Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press) (online 2010), 2011, num. 23 (2) eds. Jessica Keating, Lia Markey & Arthur MacGregor, 333-347, in the special issue: Caputured Objects. Inventories of early modern collections.

“Das Uppsala-Inventar. Zu einerBüchersammlung von Hedwig Eleonoras von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf (1636-1715), Königinwitwe von Schweden“ in Sammeln, Lesen, Übersetzen als höfische Praxis in der FrühenNeuzeit. Die böhmischeBibliothek der FürstenEggenbergimKontext der Fürsten- und Fürstinnenbibliothek der Zeit, eds. Jill Bepler& Helga Meise, WolfenbütteleerForschungen 126, Herzog August Bibliothek (2010), 307-334.


The Role of Arts around the Baltic Courts c. 1700 in the exhibition catalogue “The flagship Princess Hedvig Sofia and the struggle for the Baltic Sea” for the Landesmuseum fur Kunst und Kultur (forthcoming, all working titles, 2015).

Hedwig Eleonora as Collector in “Hedwig Eleonora the Queen of the Swedish Baroque” (2015) Royal Collections, Sweden (forthcoming, 2015).

“Continental Princely Mining Culture on Display in the Swedish Royal Collections” (in progress)

“17th –century Artists, Designers and Ivories” (in progress)


“Collecting Ephemera. Melons as Means of Princely Display, Exchange and Knowledge in the Early Modern Period” at Association of Art Historians, London, 10-12 April 2014

“Amateurship, Patronage and the Mining Culture in the Early Modern German Princely Context” at Renaissance Society of America, March 27-29, 2014 in the session “The Varied Role of the Amateur”.

“Dowager Queen Hedwig Eleonora as a Collector and Patron of the Arts” at the Royal Armoury, Stockholm, March 20, 2014.

“Queen Hedwig Eleonora – a Liebhaberin of the Arts”at the symposiumA Queen Emerges. Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture Around the Balticat the Royal Coin Cabinet, Stockholm, 1, Oct. 2013

“Amateurship, Patronage and the Consort. Luxury and Knowledge in the Early Modern German Princely Context” part of the workshop The Production of Luxury: Skills, Materials, and Networks to at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 4-5 July, 2013. This workshop forms part of the Leverhumle The Luxury Network: Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire: Historical Perspectives for Contemporary Debates.

Bergwerke & Handsteine in the Royal Swedish Collections 1650-1720 at the conference “Collecting Nature” at Schwabenakademie, KlosterIrsee on 24 – 28 May 2013.

Ivories in the collections of Queen Christina (1626-1689) and Queen Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715) Ivory Study Group, at Rosenborg, Copenhagen, 29-30 April, 2013.

The Power of Fragility. Widowhood, Politics &Collecting, in the panel “Royal Dynasties Abroad. Constructing Cultural Identities at the Foreign Court I: Identity & Insecurity”, RSA, Washington DC, March 23, 2012, panels organized by David Taylor &Catriona Murray.

Pretiosa, Politics & Memorabilia. The Collecting & Patronage of Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp, lecture part of ”The History of Collecting Seminar” at The Wallace Collection, London, Nov. 28, 2011.


North German courtly influences as signs of cultural political affinity in Scandinavian palatial contexts at the conference “Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites 1400-1700”, Palatium European Science Foundation, 5-7 June, 2014

Related Links

Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
Setter Blad Forlag

Conferences and Symposia organisation

The Royal Collections of Sweden & Stockholm University, Stockholm
 1-4 Oct. 2013
“A Queen Emerges. Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture around the Baltic”
International symposium Organising committee: Merit Laine (Royal Collections), Lisa Skogh (Stockholm University), Stefan Fogelberg-Rota (La Sapienza), MårtenSnickare (Stockholm University)

Renaissance Society of America, New York
27-29 March, 2014.
The two sessions “The Varied Role of the Amateur I-II” co-organised between professor Vera Keller (Univ. of Oregon) and Lisa Skogh (Victoria and Albert Museum) and discipline representative sponsor is prof. Jessica Wolfe (Univ. of South Carolina).

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