Motif from Rome, 1951
Oil painting by Tyge Bendix from 1951, which represents the Janiculum in Rome with St Peter’s in the background.
Rome was of special importance to Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid. The couple stayed in Rome for a great deal of their honeymoon in 1935, and thereafter returned to the city almost every autumn. The Royal Couple could move about undisturbed in the Italian capital, and the holidays gave them the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company without children and official duties.
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.