Allegory of America
America symbolized by a naked woman and a tapir. Her nakedness and weapon are intended to underline that the aboriginal American population were at an earlier stage of civilisation, according to the conceptions of the time.
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.