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Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853), The Russian Ship of the Line 'Assow' and a Frigate at Anchor in the Roads of Elsinore", 1828

C.W. Eckersberg (1783-1853), The Russian Ship of the Line "Asow" and a Frigate at Anchor in the Roads of Elsinore, 1828. 63x51 cm. kms608
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C.W. Eckersberg had studied Russian ships of the line on two occasions before embarking on the painting of the “Asow” in 1828. Both times, however, his studies were made at Copenhagen, not Elsinore as shown in this picture. Thus, this painting is not a faithful reproduction of a single, specific scene; it is a presentation of what the ship would look like if viewed from a favourable position on the Oresund.

As realistically as possible

Eckersberg prepared the painting with great care. He borrowed plans of ships of the line from the Danish navy, and he painstakingly calculated the relative positions of the ships on the water. He also studied the light, wind, and other meteorological conditions before commencing work, taking extra care to paint the cloud formations as realistically as possible.

Seascapes as favourite subject
After 1821 seascapes had become Eckersberg’s favourite subject. They allowed him to bring together his interest in nature, ships, and meteorology, and over the next three decades he had the opportunity to depict almost every conceivable type of ship in every marine situation imaginable.


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More views of the work – see the films

C.W.Eckersbergs 'Det russiske skib' - in the researcher's view
Our senior researcher Kasper Monrad tells about C.W.Eckersbergs painting: The Russian Ship of the Line "Asow" and a Fregate at Anchor in the roads of Elsinore.

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Producer:
Matilde Schytz Marvit
Camera and editing: Martin Pedersen
Contributory: Kasper Monrad


C.W.Eckersberg - in the artist’s view
The artist Hannah Heilmann tells about C.W.Eckersberg's painting: The Russian Ship of the line "Asow" and a Frigate at Anchor in the roads of Elsinore.

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Producer:
Mathilde Schytz Marvit
Camera and editing: Martin Pedersen
Contributory: Hannah Heilmann


C.W.Eckersberg - in the conservator’s view
Our conservator Troels Filtenborg tells about C.W.Eckersberg's painting: The russian ship of the line "Asow" and a Frigate at anchor at the roads of Elsinore.

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Producer:
Mathilde Schytz Marvit
Camera and editing: Martin Pedersen
Contributory: Troels Filtenborg


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