Bust of N.F.S. Grundtvig

A number of busts of Danish cultural personalities whom Queen Caroline Amalie admired are on display in The Gothic Library.

N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) is Denmark’s best-loved writer of psalms and founded the folk high school movement, which took bourgeois culture out to the rural population. Grundtvig was, furthermore, an important figure in the national movement and was his whole life fervently preoccupied by the question of what it means to be Danish. The Queen was one of the country’s more prominent ‘Grundtvigians’ and therefore had a bust of the poet priest. Corresponding busts of Adam Oehlenschläger, B.S. Ingemann, J.P. Mynster, and A.S. Ørsted are found in the library.