Tess Kurtasz

Swedish Project Support, 2016 

Tess Kurtasz, of the Pennsylvania State University, used her Fulbright Fellowship to situate the collections of Queen Christina of Sweden within the broader antiquarian markets of 17th-century Europe. By broadening our knowledge of this subject, Tess sought to illuminate the significance of art collecting as a sign of power and social status as well as explore the extent to which Queen Christina used it to fashion her own public image as a ruler, a sponsor of learning and an early modern woman. Additionally, Tess hoped that her research would clarify and challenge existing representations of Queen Christina’s legacy, both in scholarship and popular culture, which present her actions and lifestyle in an unflattering manner.