The Slotskirken of Christiansborg, Copenhagen

Heinrich Hansen (Danish, 1821-1890)c. 1850s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Among the many important neoclassical buildings erected in Copenhagen during the 1800s was the Slotskirke or royal chapel, completed in 1826. Heinrich Hansen painted this sober, quiet view of the chapel's interior, carefully rendering its delicate shadows and patches of sunlight. Probably inspired by 17th-century Dutch paintings of church interiors, the artist accurately portrayed many of the building's features. The angels in the pendentives (the triangular areas beneath the circular dome) were carved by the great Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1884).

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  • Title: The Slotskirken of Christiansborg, Copenhagen
  • Creator: Heinrich Hansen (Danish, 1821-1890)
  • Date Created: c. 1850s
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 48.5 x 44 x 2.5 cm (19 1/8 x 17 5/16 x 1 in.); Unframed: 35.4 x 31.4 cm (13 15/16 x 12 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Simon Dickinson, Ltd., London. Purchased by the CMA on 4 December 1995.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1995.66
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Inscriptions: Signed in black paint lower right corner: H. H.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Denmark, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1995.66

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