Chr. IV on death-bed

Christian IV on his death-bed. Painted by Bernt Hilwaerts, 1648. Christian IV died in his bedchamber at Rosenborg at his own will. After the wounds inflicted from the naval battle of Kolbergerheide 1644, including the loss of sight on his right eye, he was only portrayed from his left side, so as to not show the scars. It was customary to portray deceased members of the royal family, and one can for instance find several paintings of various others in the castle.