- About Ateneum
Most of the artworks in the Presidential Palace come from two collections: the Imperial Art Collection and the deposit collection from the Ateneum Art Museum.
The various forms of power are reflected in the dominant themes of the collection. The first paintings in the Imperial Collection were associated with the Crimean War and the defence of the Emperor’s lands. The geographic features of the Finnish provinces and the country’s climate are illustrated by many magnificent landscape paintings. Marine themes and ships allude to merchant shipping and contact with the rest of the world, whereas the presidential portraits represent the holders of the highest elected democratic power.