Abraham Wuchters

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Christian IV of Denmark portrayed by Abraham Wuchters shortly after his arrival i Denmark

Abraham Wuchters (1608 – 23 May 1682) was a Dutch-Danish painter and engraver. He was born in Antwerp but had most of his career in Denmark where he, along with Karel van Mander III, was the preferred painter of the Danish King, nobility and Bourgeoisie during his day, together they represent the main influence from the Dutch Golden Age on Danish Baroque art.[1]

Biography[edit]

Wuchters was born in Antwerp in 1608.[2] He arrived in Denmark in 1638 and was, the following year, employed as sketching master at Sorø Academy. Around the same time, he was summoned to Copenhagen where he painted several portraits of King Christian IV. In 1645 he returned to Copenhagen Castle to portray the King's children, including lrik Christian Gyldenløve (c. 1645, Danish National Gallery) and Duke Frederik (III) (c. 1645, Amalienborg Palace).[1]

In two periods, between 1658 and 1662, he worked at the Royal Swedish Court in Stockholm where he portrayed Queen Consort Christina (1660, Uppsala University and 1661, Stockholm Castle), Charles X Gustav and Hedvig Eleonora.[1]

Back in Denmark, Wuchters was engaged by Frederick III, who had instituted Denmark as an absolute monarchy in 1660, with responsibility for the maintenance of his paintings.

In 1671 the new king, Christian V, appointed him as official Painter to the Danish Court and in 1673 he was also made official Engraver to the Danish Court. It was, therefore, he alone who decided how the face of the absolutist King was to be represented.

As royal painter he also executed decorative works in the royal residences, such as in Rosenborg Castle. These include a fine fresco in Queen Consort Sophie Amalie's bedchamber, where she is depicted as Hera, the mother of the Greek gods.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Abraham Wuchters". Gyldendal. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Kunstner: Abraham Wuchters". Kunstindeks Danmark. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Abraham Wuchters". Rosenborg Castle. Retrieved 2010-08-17.