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3 large Abildgaard paintings are being restored in the conservation department

SMK's konservatorer restaurerer tre mesterværker fra Christiansborg Slot

You can follow the restauration of 3 Danish master pieces by Nicolai Abildgaard (1743-1809) on Twitter.

Nicolai Abildgaard, King Christian I Proclaiming Holstien a Duchy, 1780. Oil on canvas 308 x 197 cm

Nicolai Abildgaard, King Christian I Proclaiming Holstien a Duchy, 1780.

Nicolai Abildgaard, Christian III Succouring Denmark, 1781. Oil on canvas 317 x 200 cm.

Nicolai Abildgaard, Christian III Succouring Denmark, 1781.

Nicolai Abildgaard, Frederik II builds Kronborg Castle at Elsinore, 1781-82. Oil on canvas 309 x 197 cm

Nicolai Abildgaard, Frederik II builds Kronborg Castle at Elsinore, 1781-82.

"There my name goes up in flames"
The three paintings usually hang in the Abildgaard Room at Christiansborg Palace and constitute the three surviving paintings from Nicolai Abildgaard’s gargantuan labour for the Royal castle; an endeavour which was largely lost in the first fire at Christiansborg. "There my name goes up in flames" Nicolai Abildgaard supposedly said at the sight of the burning castle one February night in 1794. Thirteen years of labour fell prey to the flames just three years after the artist put the finishing touches to his work. His contributions to the palace interior, were regarded as a mile-stone within Danish art even in their own time.

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Updated: 7.jul.2014
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