This is probably one of my favourite paintings. It was painted by Finnish Erik Johan Löfgren and it portrays king Eric XIV of Sweden and his wife, queen Karin Månsdotter.
I saw this painting couple of years ago in Joensuu Art Museum. It’s actually rather big - I think it would cover an entire wall in my apartment.
Eric XIV was the eldest son of Gustav I, who restored kingship in Sweden after the Danish rule. Before marrying Karin, who was of very common origins, Eric courted Elizabeth I of England among others. Eric’s rule only lasted for 8 years until he was deposed by his younger brother John. Eric, suffering from schizophrenia, was imprisoned and likely murdered.