The Appartement Hall
In the Appartement Hall you can see The Golden Tableau, a table decoration with gilt bronze copies of a number of works by the major Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. Also in the hall are busts and portraits of Christian VIII and Queen Caroline Amalie in their youth, when they were still the heirs to the throne.
The Appartement Hall was furnished as one of the main representation rooms for Hereditary Prince Frederik following his assumption of the palace in 1794. The hall has been restored in accordance with Nicolai Abildgaard’s original watercolour sketch, in which one can see a corresponding green silk wallpaper and the same purple nuances. The gilt ceiling is a beautiful example of the so-called trompe-l’oeil technique, which creates the illusion of a three dimensional coffered ceiling. The hall is characterised by strict classical symmetry, which is underlined by the overdoors with ancient chariots and griffins above the mirrors.
The sofas and chairs in the hall belonged to Christian VIII and Queen Caroline Amalie. The floor and the chandelier are from around 1900, when Christian X and Queen Alexandrine moved into the palace as newly-wed heirs to the throne.
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The Royal Representation Rooms
The piano nobile features some of Amalienborg’s most beautiful interiors and is used for official functions by HRH Princess Benedikte as well as TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Large parts of the piano nobile were created by the painter Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard (1743-1809), who mastered several arts. He was responsible for renovating the palace following the royal assumption of Amalienborg, as a result of the fire at Christiansborg, in 1794. The palace, which was originally known as Levetzau’s Palace after its noble owner, was taken over by Hereditary Prince Frederik (son of Frederik V and Queen Julianne Marie) and his wife, Hereditary Princess Sofie Frederikke. Their son Christian VIII later resided in the palace, which later became known as Christian VIII’s Palace. Abildgaard’s interiors are neoclassical in style and characterised by columns, pilasters, straight lines, and strict symmetry with a fairly bold choice of colours – both by the standards of the time and today. Parts of the interiors were recreated according to Abildgaard’s watercolour sketches of the decor during a thorough renovation of the palace in the 1980s.
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The Amalienborg Museum offers guided tours for groups to the regular exhibitions and to some special exhibitions. We offer guided tours inside the museum and Christian VII’s Palace as well as small guided city walks in the royal quarter. A guided tour takes approximately 1 hr. Guided tours must be booked at least two weeks ahead. Please call +45 3318 6055. The line is open Tuesday – Friday between 10.00 and 12.00. For booking via email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Your booking is only valid when you have received confirmation) Prices: We offer guided tours in English and Danish Price: DKK 900. Duration: 1 hour. GUIDED TOUR OF CHRISTIAN VII’S PALACE Visit the Royal Family’s representative and guest palace, Christian VII’s Palace. For 250 years, Christian VII’s Palace has welcomed distinguished guests from Denmark and the rest of the world, and the building emanates exclusivity. The guided tour allows you to follow in the footsteps of the royal guests in previous eras, and to experience some of the most spectacular interiors in Denmark. The history of the palace A.G. Moltke, Frederik V’s Lord High Steward and close friend, designed and fitted out the place in the 1750s so that he could impress his guests. In 1794, it was taken over by Christian VII. Today, the palace is used for representation, and history repeats itself in the way it is now used, to show oneself to best advantage. The guided tour is of Christian VII’s Palace, which has functioned as the representative palace of the Royal Family since 1885. The Royal Danish Collection has the honour of inviting the public behind its normally closed doors on a tour that reveals the palace’s varied history from when it was in the hands of the powerful Count and Lord High Steward Adam Gottlob Moltke via Christian VII’s period of residence to today, when the palace functions as the Royal Family’s representative and guest palace. The guided tour shows how the palace has been used over time to display power and prestige with its interior, for magnificent celebrations, the appointment of kings and the exhibition of valuable collections. The architect Nikolai Eigtved was responsible for this cultural and historical jewel. With its outstanding works of art and crafts, it represents a universal artwork of the highest international standard. It is a collage of the idioms and methods of different eras, with the ingenious, light-fingered curves of Rococo the dominant style. The palace is part of the Amalienborg complex, which is at the heart of the Frederiksstaden Quarter, and was built in honour of the absolutist King Frederik V in the mid-18th century. Frederiksstaden was named after Frederik V and was founded to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the reign of the House of Oldenburg in 1749. The district was intended to symbolise the power and wealth of the absolutist king and was also built according to modern principles. Space was also made for prominent, loyal aristocratic families, which moved into the four Amalienborg palaces. Do you want to see more? You can visit the museum in Christian VIII’s palace on the day of your guided tour at a special price. If you present your ticket from Christian VII’s Palace, you can buy admission to Christian VIII’s Palace for DKK 60. Just visit the ticket office in Christian VIII’s palace on the day and please bring your ticket. Guided tours are sometimes cancelled As Christian VII’s Palace is still used by the Royal Family for representation, guided tours may be cancelled on special occasions. In such cases, you will be notified immediately and we will refund your ticket. BEHIND THE MONARCHY The rooms and halls of Christian VIII’s Palace posses an atmosphere of peace and harmony, but behind the idyllic pictures and stylish furnishings hides a turbulent history marked by political storms, world wars, and industrialisation. Come on a guided tour that offers insight into the monarchy’s development from absolutism to democracy. A period in which the kings continually wrestled with a changing worldview, challenges which were managed very differently by each monarch. The tour focus on the Danish Royal Family’s changing role in society over the last 150 years, a time of great historical upheaval, which has left its mark on the monarchy during its time at Amalienborg. While visiting the private chambers of the previous kings and queens the guide will put the people behind the monarchy in the center of attention. PRACTICAL INFORMATION Duration: Approx. 60 min. Price: 900 DKK + entry ticket. Tickets: Contact booking on email@example.com or phone +45 3318 6055. Please note that entry to the Palace is not included in the price of the guided tour. Meeting point: At the cloakroom.
Jason with the Golden Fleece
The Golden Tableau comprises eleven miniatures of classical statues, of which ten are by Bertel Thorvaldsen, and the eleventh by his pupil, Pietro Tenerani. Jason with the Golden Fleece from 1803 was Thorvaldsen’s breakthrough work, which made it possible for him to establish himself as an artist in Rome after his studies. Like the other bronze copies, it was modelled by Pietro Galli at the beginning of the 1820s and cast in bronze by Wilhelm Hopfgarten. The figure expresses heroism and masculine strength, which is a little curious for a statue of Jason. In ancient mythology Jason was the son of a king who had been ousted, and in order to regain his father’s throne he had to embark on a perilous journey to capture a golden ram’s fleece, which he succeeded in doing with the help of Medea, the daughter of a king who was a sorceress. But because he was dependent upon the help of a woman Jason wasn’t seen as a particularly heroic figure, which he has clearly become in Thorvaldsen’s interpretation.
These fig leaves were made in order to make the male figures in The Golden Tableau more respectable. They were presumably made shortly after the bronze figures were delivered in the mid-1820s, as other statues by Thorvaldsen were also given fig leaves around this time. According to the accompanying instructions the fig leaves should be attached to figures with sewing thread.
Jewel of Pearl, Gold, and Precious Stones
The pendant was a present to Princess Caroline Amalie from the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s friend, Count Sommariva. The jewel is composed of a pearl mounted with gold and represents a rabbit with a diamond and a ruby as eyes. During the baroque, unusually formed pearls were seen as a gift from God. Goldsmiths were inspired by the individual pearl and freely invented a figure which was supplemented with gold and often with precious stones. Several examples of this tradition can be seen in The Green Cabinet at Rosenborg. In the 1800s the tradition was revived, and the rabbit pendant stems from this period. The present was given in 1821, when Princess Caroline Amalie and her consort Prince Christian (VIII) Frederik stayed in Rome for an extended period during a three-year journey abroad and associated with Thorvaldsen and the circle around the famous artist.