Allegory of Europe
The woman with a bull symbolizes Europe. The motif stems from the Greek myth about a princess called Europa, who was carried away by Zeus disguised as a bull. He swam with her to the continent of Europe, which was named after her. Painting by Nicolai Abildgaard.
Complete your visit to the Palace Square – step inside the palace and experience royal life of the past and the present. The museum goes back 150 years to Christian IX and Queen Louise, who were known as “Europe’s parents-in-law” because their six children all married into European royal houses. In Christian VIII’s Palace you can see royal interiors: as in a journey through time the rooms of the Royal Couple and their heirs stand intact. The rooms testify to the trends of the time and the personal taste of the members of the Royal Family, spanning Victorian style, military style, and chivalric inspiration. The permanent exhibition in the Garden Room relates, for example via the interactive model, the history of Amalienborg and the surrounding Frederiksstaden quarter. There is also a presentation of the monarchy in the 21st century and look into the daily life of the royalty and the many traditions. The Danish Royal Collection is Danish history form a royal perspective The organisation behind the palace is the Royal Danish Collection, which collects, researches, preserves, and disseminates. We want our visitors to explore living history when they encounter the palace. It is our ambition that our visitors should be moved by our material, through learning, wonderment, fascination and empathy. At the same time, we aim not to stand still in our dissemination of history – Rosenborg is an expression of its time, but the experience of Rosenborg moves with the times. We are constantly developing new material about the palace, and often focus on various themes, so that there is always a good reason for (re)visiting Rosenborg.