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Christian VIII and the National Museum

Antiquities, Coins, Medals

A part of the series The National Museum of Denmark , and the subject area

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180 pages 85 ill.
ISBN 87 89438 05 1

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About the book

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 contents


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 at the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne primarily works with anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and she was once employed at the National Museum (Antiquities).

Sanne Lind Hansen


Telephone: + 45 53 55 07 59


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