Fr. VI lying in state
Frederik VI lying in state. Painted by S.P.L. Schack. The long standing tradition of depicting deceased monarchs “in state” was not just something of the early absolutism, but was maintained in the 1800 hundreds as well. Compared to the close up painting of Christian IV on the ground floor, this painting has evidently moved the spectator siginficantly further back. Along the same lines the facial features of the king has been somewhat blurred.
Statuette of bronzed gypsum
The statuette of bronzed gypsym portrays king Frederik VI. The military dressing, that marks the king´s appearance on several paintings in this room, is also present with this artifact. The figurine is made in 1810 a time of a deep political crisis in Denmark-Norway in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. The crisis culminateed with the state bankruptcy of 1813 and the loss of Norway the following year. Those years have been stamped by war and crisis and hence the king is dressed in the uniform of the Royal Life Guard and holds his left hand on the saber, seeking support from the weapon.