Allegory of Asia
Asia is symbolized by a woman in a turban with a camel. Of the other parts of the world, it was easiest for Europeans to compare themselves with Asia, which is therefore the only other part of the world which is dressed in a civilised way. Painting by Nicolai Abildgaard.
Dance Scene from Tahiti
Painted by Nicolai Abildgaard, who led the renovation of the palace after the royal assumption of it. An almost identical motif is to be found in the English explorer James Cook’s travel journal, “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean” from 1768-71, which inspired Abildgaard to paint this dance scene. Motifs from the great voyages of discovery were a popular form of decoration at the end of the 18th Century.