The Russian Ship of the Line Asow and a Frigate at Anchor

The Russian Ship of the Line Asow and a Frigate at Anchor

7/24/2021, 7:16:43 PM
The Russian Ship of the Line Asow and a Frigate at Anchor near Elsinore, by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg.⁠ 🎨 A superbly compelling painting that is not actually an accurate rendition of the scene but a construction, using more than one event as basis. For instance, Eckersberg moved the scene from Copenhagen where he had inspected such ships to Elsinore as is evident in the picture as Kronborg is seen in the background. Eckersberg was very meticulous in preparing the painting, however. He studied these ship types beforehand, borrowing technical drawings from the naval dockyard. It is typical of marine paintings to conceal a German-type scientific obsession with accuracy and an evocative quality more close to Russian canvases.⁠ ⁠👨‍🎨Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (Danish, 1783-1853) was a classicist painter, considered the “father of Danish painting”. Born to a small town, he became a painter at just 13, inspired by the enchanting and colorful landscapes of his childhood. He was trained in The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark and learned from Jacques-Louis David in Paris. He would become a professor and director of that institution later in life. His style conceals classicism and romanticism in landscapes and architectonical views, following the example of Thorvaldsen and served as a fine portraitist with a great cleanliness of lines and carnations. He is considered a precursor of the Dutch Golden Age. ⁠ 📐Height: 63 cm (25 in). Width: 51 cm (20 in). Oil on canvas, 1828.⁠ 🏛National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen.⁠ What do you think about this? ⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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