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date: 23 October 2019

Abildgaard, Nicolai Abrahamlocked

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Danish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1743, in Copenhagen; died 1809, in Copenhagen.

Painter. History painting, allegorical subjects, mythological subjects, figures.

Nikolai Abildgaard was first taught by his father, the distinguished draughtsman Søren Abildgaard. He was then sent to the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi in Copenhagen, where he won the 'great gold medal' (awarded two years after the gold medal). Shortly afterwards he went to Italy, where he spent six years, visiting the major art centres and studying the old masters. He stayed mainly in Rome, where he made copies of Raphael, Michelangelo and Titian, and met Jens Juel, Tobias Sergel, and Henry (Johann Heinrich) Fuseli....

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