Bust of Christian IV

Bronze bust of Christian IV, modelled in 1643 in Copenhagen by François Dieussart and cast in Glückstadt in 1650. This bust was crafted only the year before he lost sight on his right eye, after the naval battle of Kolberger Heide, resulting in his subsequent wish to be portrayed only from his left.

He is dressed as a roman emperor, typified in the lion heads on his shoulders along with the laurel wreath on his head. This piece is the earliest known example of a renaissance bust – a tradition since frequently used.

As far as we know, Dieussart did not have any experince in regards to bronze crafting, making this bust all the more spectacular, since it is not only regarded as a one of his best, but one of the best portrait sculptures from around his time.