Nicolai Abildgaard

Painting, Visual Artist

1743 – 1809

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Who was Nicolai Abildgaard?

Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard was a Danish neoclassical and royal history painter, sculptor, architect, and professor of painting, mythology, and anatomy at the New Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. Many of his works were in the royal Christiansborg Palace, Fredensborg Palace, and Levetzau Palace at Amalienborg.

Abildgaard had studied at the Academy from 1764 to 1767, then worked there as apprentice, and moved to Rome in 1772โ€“1777, where he studied sculpture, architecture, decoration, frescoes and murals. He returned to the Academy in Copenhagen, promoted to professor in 1778, and elected as Academy Director during 1789โ€“1791 and 1801โ€“1809. He was also assigned as a royal artist/decorator during 1780 to 1805. Abildgaard was married twice, in 1781 and 1803.

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Born
Sep 11, 1743
Copenhagen
Education
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Died
Jun 4, 1809

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on July 23, 2013

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