(b Christiania [now Oslo], Sept 4, 1852; d Bærum, Dec 29, 1928).
Norwegian painter. He attended Johan Fredrik Eckersberg’s School of Drawing in Christiania (1869–70) and then briefly studied painting with Knud Bergslien (1827–1908). In the spring of 1871 Peterssen moved on to the academies of Karlsruhe (1871–3) and Munich (1873–5). He then stayed in Munich until the autumn of 1878 but made many study trips abroad: he returned to Norway but also visited London and Paris and made several journeys to Italian cities. He thus acquired a more profound knowledge of both earlier and contemporary European art than that available to most Norwegians studying in Munich.
In Munich’s galleries he studied and copied the Old Masters but was also deeply impressed by history painting of the Munich school led by Karl Theodor von Piloty. Peterssen turned to themes from Scandinavian history of the 16th and 17th centuries: he painted the Death of Corfitz Ulfedt...