1 Christian IV’s Winter Room
ROOM 1: The Winter Room is the best preserved room from the original Castle, and it was the most important of the King’s three private chambers. The bays are from 1758; in front of the bay to the right stood Christian IV’s mechanical arrangement for raising and lowering the drawbridge. Christian IV lay in state here and the exhibits are mostly from his time.
The rich panelling was begun by Court cabinet-maker Gregor Greuss and were completed around 1620. The inlaid paintings were purchased in Antwerp and constitute a unique collection of art from the Netherlands; however, most of the artists are unknown. The original stucco ceiling was replaced around 1770 with Pieter Isaacsz’ mythological paintings, including The Feast of the Gods and The Fall of the Giants, which were moved from the room above.
A speaking tube connects the Winter Room to the Wine Cellar, to the room above and to the gable room at the opposite end of the Castle. In the cupboards on the south wall, Frederik IV kept his private chamber of curiosities, which included spoils of war from the Palace of Gottorp. It later became part of the private collections of Frederik V in Christiansborg Palace and Kunstkammeret (The Chamber of Curiosities).