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The Midwife Taking Leave of the girl from Andros. From Terence´s Andria

Nicolai Abildgaard1801

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

The painting is the first of four scenes from the romantic comedy "The Andria" that Abildgaard painted; he would later give these paintings as a wedding gift to his second wife, Juliane Marie.

After a broken and unhappy marriage, Abildgaard met his second wife Juliane Marie some time before 1800. This new, reinvigorating relationship introduced new themes in his art, leading him to address aspects of love.

Scenes from Terence's romantic comedy

During the time after 1800 he created four large canvases to be placed in the residence provided for the couple at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at Charlottenborg, filling them with scenes from the ancient writer Terence’s romantic comedy Andria.

Connection between Terence and Abildgaard

In the painter’s version of the complicated dramatic intrigues, they begin when the central character, Simo, asks his black chef Sosia to pretend that he is hastening the marriage of Simo’s son.

The scene in the foreground links Terence and Abildgaard through a sequence of allusions: Terence was a slave who had been given his freedom, and in the picture Abildgaard based the black chef’s appearance on a medal that he himself designed on the occasion of the Danish ban on slavery.

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  • Title: The Midwife Taking Leave of the girl from Andros. From Terence´s Andria
  • Creator: Nicolai Abildgaard
  • Date Created: 1801
  • Værktekst: Billedet er det første af fire, som Abildgaard malede med scener fra elskovskomedien "Pigen fra Andros", og som han siden gav i bryllupsgave til sin anden kone, Juliane Marie. Efter et forlist og ulykkeligt ægteskab mødte Abildgaard i tiden før 1800 sin anden kone, Juliane Marie. Det nye, forløsende forhold gav hans kunsts indholdsside en ny retning, hvor han beskæftigede sig med sider af kærlighedslivet. Scener fra Terents' elskovskomedie I tiden efter 1800 fyldte han fire store lærreder til parrets embedsbolig i Kunstakademiet på Charlottenborg med scener fra den antikke forfatter Terents’ elskovskomedie Pigen fra Andros. En forbindelse mellem Terents og Abildgaard Den indviklede teaterintrige tager i malerens version her sin begyndelse, ved at den centrale figur, Simo, beder sin sorte kok Sosia om at lade som om, han fremskynder Simos søns bryllup. Forgrundens optrin knytter Terents og Abildgaard sammen ved et forløb af hentydninger: Terents var en frigiven slave, og Abildgaard har her hentet den sorte koks udseende fra en medalje, han selv havde udført i anledning af det danske forbud mod slavehandel. I skuespillet er kokken netop en frigiven slave, og komedieforfatteren var i øvrigt selv fra Afrika. I seriens sidste billede dukker Abildgaard selv op med sin kone og barn - i en art kontrasignatur til det indledende billedes introduktion af skuespillets forfatter.
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Køb 1849
  • Provenance: Acquired 1849
  • Physical Dimensions: w128.5 x h157.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2662
  • Dansk Titel: Jordemoderen forlader Androspigens hus. Simo siger til Davus, at han regner barselfærden for rent bedrageri. Motiv fra Terents: Pigen fra Andros.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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