Wolfgang Heimbach

The painter Wolfgang Heimbach was from Oldenburg and studied in Germany and the Low Countries. He was deaf-mute but compensated by being able to read and write several languages.

Heimbach’s art can seem naivistic and differs from the work of other artists of the time through a detailed and realistic representation. His portraits were also close to reality, and the many portraits of the society’s elite show that his honest style was appreciated. Heimbach painted Frederik III and Queen Sophie Amalie several times.

Heimbach’s most important work is his painting of the homage to Frederik III in 1660. The painting is an almost photographic report but includes symbols that underline the King’s newly won powers. Note, for instance, the sun that breaks through the clouds and shines upon the King. The artist has put himself in the foreground next to the inscription section; he waves his hat triumphantly. Heimbach left Denmark in 1667; he probably died in Oldenburg.