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Nils Jakob Blommér's best known works are based on Norse mythology and folklore. With this painting he won the Swedish Royal Art Academy's prize 1846. The story behind the motif is as follow: The Norse goddess Freyja had a precious necklace called Brisingamen (Jewelry of Fire). The sly and cunning god Loki once stole this necklace, and Freyja had to ask the god Heimdall, the guardian of Bifrost (Rainbow Bridge), for help. Heimdall won the fight with Loki and gave the necklace back to Freyja.

Details

  • Title: Heimdall returns Brisingamen to Freyja
  • Date Created: 1846
  • Location Created: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Signatures: N.J.O. Blommér px 1846
  • Provenance: Purchased 1986
  • Physical Dimensions: w66.5 x h89 cm (Complete)
  • Painter: Nils Jakob Blommér
  • Exhibition History: 2011: History portrayed in images; Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Malmö Art Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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