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.
Christian IV's vision
Christian IV’s vision before the naval battle of Listerdyb, 1644. The painting illustrates the King’s dream of an honourable resurrection the night before his victory over a superior Swedish-Dutch fleet. Christian IV supposedly had a lot of visions during his reign. Unknown artist.