Last year I received a very exciting invitation from The Royal Armoury in Stockholm, to be part of their much anticipated exhibition Images of Christina.
The exhibition is based on the fascinating life of Christina of Sweden, the rebellious 17th Century Queen who became a favourite of the Vatican.
Remarkably, Queen Christina is one of only four women to be buried in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica, alongside the remains of the popes.
The exhibition includes rare artefacts from the Vatican Library, along with a collection of Christina's portraits, including my artwork Christina of Sweden – The Androgynous Queen from The Regal Twelve series.
My next exciting invitation arrived by post, to attend the inauguration of Images of Christina in the State Hall of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Speakers included Sweden's current Princess Christina, The Prefect of the Vatican Library and the Swedish Minister of Culture.
Thirty hours of flying later, we had the pleasure of attending the inauguration, where we were treated to opera performances and a session with the amazing cellist Linnea Olsson.
Inside The Royal Armoury we got to experience the exhibition we'd travelled so far to see. I felt so honoured to be a part of this collection!
Here's a little treat we made for you, a 360 degree image we shot so you can experience a small part of this extensive exhibition.
To see this exhibition in person, it is open to the public from 19th April, 2013 – 5th January, 2014.