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5.4 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)[i][i].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 [i]. This would have made the impact of the ‘secret’ music, coming from the cellar, even stronger.2

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Pieter Isaacsz, Banquet of the gods, 1619-1620

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



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Pieter Isaacsz, Giants attacking the gods of mount Olympus, 1619-1620

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



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Anonymous  possibly Frantz Klein  or possibly Søren Kiær, Trompe l'oeil with musicians behind a balustrade, c. 1620

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



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 [i][i]. Facing the west we encounter Hope and Charity, Pax or Victory and Abundance, Fertility and Virtue [i][i][i][i][i][i]. The interpretation of the two original emblemata in the north windows is problematic, although one seems to represent Claritas or Fama [i][i]. 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 [i][i][i][i].

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Anonymous, Personification of Faith (Fides), 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Personification of Earth (Cybele), 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Personification of Hope (Spes), 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Personification of Charity (Caritas), 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Female Personification, 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Personification of Abundance (Abundantia), 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Personification of Fertility (Ceres), 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Personification of Virtuousness, 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Sitting female figure, a personification, Claritas or Fama?, 1614/1615

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



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Anonymous, Standing female figure holding a bunch of flowers, a personification, 1758

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



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Anonymous, Standing female figure holding a cross with a pennon, a personification, 1758

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



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Anonymous, Standing female figure holding a cross with a pennon, a personification, Ceres (?), 1758

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



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Anonymous, Standing female figure holding a basket of fruit, a personification, Pomona (?), 1758

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





[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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