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4.5 The Ceiling and Window Glades in the Winter Room

The paintings adorning the ceiling were originally designed for and placed in the room at the floor directly above; they date from 1619 and were painted by Pieter Isaacsz (1569-1625)[1-2].1 As Jørgen Hein remarks, it is possible that here, originally, amidst the white stucco decorations by Valentin Dressler, the big square perspective painting from about 1620 representing Christian IV’s famous court musicians (Musikanterloftet) was placed [3]. This would have made the impact of the ‘secret’ music, coming from the cellar, even stronger.2

1
Pieter Isaacsz
Banquet of the gods, 1619-1620
canvas, oil paint 238 x 329 cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

3
Anoniem Denemarken ca. 1620 possibly Frantz Klein or possibly Søren Kiær
Trompe l'oeil with musicians behind a balustrade, c. 1620
canvas, oil paint 325 x 325 cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

2
Pieter Isaacsz
Giants attacking the gods of mount Olympus, 1619-1620
canvas, oil paint 236 x 330 cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

The window recesses are decorated with 12 panels showing allegorical female figures or Emblemata with representations of the three Theological Virtues, the four Cardinal Virtues, and some of the seven Vices or Sins. In the window facing east we find personifications of Faith and Earth [4-5]. Facing the west we encounter Hope and Charity, Pax or Victory and Abundance, Fertility and Virtue [6-11]. The interpretation of the two original emblemata in the north windows is problematic, although one seems to represent Claritas or Fama [12]. Although the compositions seems to be based on prints, no models have been found yet. The later additions from 1758 are more decorative than actually referring to any virtue [13-16].


4
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Faith (Fides), 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

5
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Earth (Cybele), 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle


6
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Hope (Spes), 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

7
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Charity (Caritas), 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle


8
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Female Personification, 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

9
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Abundance (Abundantia), 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle


10
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Fertility (Ceres), 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

11
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Personification of Virtuousness, 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle


12
Anoniem Denemarken 1614/1615
Sitting female figure, a personification, Claritas or Fama?, 1614/1615
panel (oak), oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

13
Anoniem Denemarken 1758
Standing female figure holding a bunch of flowers, a personification, 1758
panel, oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle


14
Anoniem Denemarken 1758
Standing female figure holding a cross with a pennon, a personification, 1758
panel, oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

15
Anoniem Denemarken 1758
Standing female figure holding a cross with a pennon, a personification, Ceres (?), 1758
panel, oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle

16
Anoniem Denemarken 1758
Standing female figure holding a basket of fruit, a personification, Pomona (?), 1758
panel, oil paint ? x ? cm
Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle


Notes

1 During alterations in the early 18th century, the paintings were moved to the Winter Room (Noldus/Roding 2006, p. 236, nos. 24-25).

2 Hein 2006A, pp. 28-29; Spohr 2014.

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