Christian IV c. 1612. Painted by Pieter Isaacsz.
As a king one was obliged to perform a number of duties, including recieving various guest of high and low, oftentimes in designated audience rooms.
Ellen Marsvin, Kirsten Munk’s mother. Half-length, painted by Karel van Mander. The painting is dated 1648, the year before Ellen Marsvin died.
The dutch painter Pieter Isaacsz grew up in Elsinore but returned as a young man to the Low Countries. In Amsterdam he became an apprentice of Cornelius Ketel and served with Hans von Achen.
The first decades of the 17th century was a great period for the entrepreneurial and ambitious Christian IV. An economic depression was on its way, but its full force had not yet been felt.
Christian IV was the King of Denmark and Norway from 1588; crowned in 1596. Son of Frederik II and Sophie of Mecklenburg.