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Prince Christian Frederik (1786-1848) became King Christian VIII of Denmark in 1839. His accession to the throne took place at the end of Denmark's 'Golden Age' - a period haunted by national bankruptcy but, notably, due to a few men of vision also a period in which painting, poetry and science developed intensively.
Because of his intelligence, energy and patronage of the arts, King Christian VIII became one of the entrepreneurs of Danish cultural life.
After his death in 1848, the King's collection became state property and was transferred to the National Museum. In 1998, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the King’s death, the National Museum arranged a symposium where a series of papers were presented about the King as a collector and about the importance of the collections.
This book, lavishly illustrated with photographs of the collection and other artifacts, contains the symposium papers, which have been revised and expanded.
Table of contentsPreface
A Danish Prince in Naples, Bodil Bundgaard Rasmussen
Christian VIII as numismatist: his collections of coins and medals, Jørgen Steen Jensen
What the collections meant to Christian VIII, Anders Monrad Møller
The needs of a gentleman: the Egyptian antiquities in the collection of Christian VIII, Anne Haslund Hansen
Royal connoisseur and consular collector: the part played by C.T. Falbe in collecting antiquities from Tunisia, Greece and Paris for Christian VIII, John Lund
"Much went to the grave with Christian VIII", Jørgen Jensen
Abbbreviations and bibliography
Index of names
Sanne Lind Hansen
MA in ethnography and classical archeology, and trained from the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne works primarily with the travel books series Vide verden and publications in anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and is the longest serving editor at the Press. A generation ago, she was employed at Antiquities at the National Museum.
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