Sunday, June 26, 2011

Valdemar by Tuxen

Here's a painting called, "King Valdemar the Great and Bishop Absalon topples the god Svantevit at Arkona, the Wendish capital during the conquest and Christianization of Pomerania in 1168."


 It's by Laurits Tuxen (1853–1927), a Danish painter who studied in the Royal Danish Academy and under Bonnat in Paris.


Another version by the same artist, perhaps a sketch. From Inspirational Art Works

8 comments:

Carolyn said...

Beautiful work, Thank you for showing

Petr Mores said...

It is interesting to compare the two. He omitted the smoke from burning buildings from the bigger one, perhaps to avoid the implication that conversion to Christianity might not have been completely non-violent. Also the contrast of the shining cross against the dark sky was a bit over the top.

All in all, a picture like this, though painted very well, leaves me at a loss. It depicts Christianity as a triumphant political and even military force, with no reference to its actual gist. Kramskoi's Christ in the Wilderness is a good example of the opposite approach.

Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Johan Derycke said...

Wow I didn't know this blog http://inspirationalartworks.blogspot.com
Thanks James!

cegebe said...

This is a quite famous incident in Danish history. I remember having heard the story and read about it numerous times as a kid, before I discovered this painting. That was really a "wow" moment.

For bishop Absalon (who, by the way, is also considered the founder of Copenhagen), Christianity was definitely a triumphant political and military force. The painting is quite faithful to the tone of the old account of the incident.

blorriepoes said...

interresting comparison.
+follow

Nick said...

I can't tell on the final version whether that's a cross on the left, creating a tangent with a hill behind...
Or whether it's a house...

Rasmus said...

I just saw this piece yesterday, and was so mad at the museum shop, that didn't have ONE book with decent copys of the paintings.

And i must say it's a bit terrible to look at such a small and GREEN replica, after seeing the real thing (which is around four meters wide!)

So the lowest is definitely a sketch, but the colors are closer to the real deal.

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Rasmus said...

to NICK:
The 'X' on the left is most definitely a house.

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