Christian VI, c. 1740

Portrait of Christian VI, painted by J.S. du Wahl. In opposition to his fathers’ rather frivolous private life, he tried to distance himself and devoted himself to pietism. Proclaimed as king in 1730, he was the first king of the House of Oldenburg, to refrain from entering in any war. Instead of warring, he chose to show his wealth and power by erecting various castles in the countryside. His most precious contribution was, however, without a doubt the new centre of power during absolutism called Christiansborg Castle, which replaced the old and medieval style Copenhagen Castle.