This impressive collection of art would be an ornament to any nation.
The Royal Museum was founded in 1792 by King Gustav III and gave a home to his exquisite artwork collection. It now forms the core of the Swedish National Museum.
Gustav was an absolutist, as might be expected of a nephew of Frederick the Great of Prussia. He objected to parliamentary reforms, sought to distract everyone's attention with an unsuccessful war against Russia and ignored public opinion. Although he was a playwright and a patron of music, the arts, and sciences, and spent liberally on all of them, he did so without gaining much popularity against the people or nobles. His museum was the result of his free-spending ways: where art was concerned, he was rather liberal with his money.
In the end, Gustav was assassinated by a conspiracy of noblemen at the Royal Opera House, an event that itself turned into an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Un ballo in maschera (The Masked Ball). Verdi had to change many of the details due to government censorship, as the assassination of a monarch was felt to be a bit too controversial in Italy of the 1850s.
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