April 5 2014 - 1:50 PM

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia visited the Rijksmuseum today to celebrate 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sweden. The Swedish Royal couple were accompanied by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The highlight of the visit was a guided tour by Wim Pijbes in the Gallery of Honour, where Rembrandt’s masterpiece 'Claudius Civilis' – on loan from the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm – is currently on temporary display.

Visit to Rembrandt’s 'Claudius Civilis' marks 400 years of relations between the Netherlands and Sweden

The Swedish King and Queen was given an extensive guided tour of 17th century works by Wim Pijbes, General Director of the Rijksmuseum, and Pieter Roelofs, 17th Century Curator, highlighting a number of artworks with a Swedish-Dutch connection, such as ‘Hendrik Trip’s Cannon Foundry in Julitabruk, Sweden’ by Allaert van Everdingen and ‘Triton Blowing a Conch Shell’ by Adriaen de Vries.

Especially for this occasion, the treaty (5 April and 28 July 1641) which recorded the first agreements between both countries was also shown. These two parchment documents are held by the National Archive in The Hague. To celebrate this occasion, the treaty will be on display in the Science Room of the Rijksmuseum from Sunday 6 to Tuesday 8 April 2014 inclusive.