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Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard

1743-1809 Denmark/Classicism


Brief Biography-Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard was from Copenhagen; he studied at the Royal Academy of Art, later becoming a professor. In 1772, he travelled to Rome and studied Italian art in different disciplines. In Rome, he associated with artists such as Johann Heinrich Fussli. When he returned to Copenhagen and became a professor, he taught Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Philipp Otto Runge He did paintings in the Knight’s Room in the Christiansborg Palace. The King rejected some of his images due to his revolutionary leanings, leading to a clash with the establishment. Some of his Royal commissions got turned down due to disagreements with the Royal Prince; however, in 1801, he became the Academy Director. He died in 1809.


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