New Danish Painting Unveiled

  November 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm by

A new painting of the Danish Royal Family was unveiled last week, ahead of its display at Amalienborg.

View the full-size image at Kongehuset.dk

Thomas Kluge, a Danish artist who has previously painted portraits of members of the family on numerous occasions, was the man commissioned to create the portrait. The painting was commissioned by an anonymous donor as a seventieth birthday present for the Queen (she turned seventy in 2010).

Kluge spoke of how the initial composition had to be altered slightly in the years of production thanks to the addition of three more children in the family.

All the members of the main line of the Danish Royal Family – Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, their sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren – are depicted in the painting, which has drawn mixed reactions, mostly negative, from the public. Prince Christian is shown in the centre of the painting between the Queen and Prince Henrik, symbolising his role as future King.

Once the exhibition ends in March, the painting will hang in the Yellow Saloon of Fredensborg Castle.

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