For all you beer lovers: Denmark's Carlsberg Beer:.
Through one final arch, we caught sight of the Fountain of Neptune in the castle courtyard.
Janina: Seeing this half-naked figure reminded me of your comment from a post I wrote in our trip to Budapest a couple of years in which I had included photos of other half-naked men!
On the ceiling were circular panels with the heraldic figures of the coats of arms of Christian IV and his queen.
I marveled at the illusions created by some of the materials as they weren't what they seemed to be. It was only upon closer examination that I noticed the 'draperies' were not made of fabric but of stucco. Likewise, the wall panels were not stone, but wood painted to imitate marble.
This room portrayed Frederik III as an absolute monarch. The ceiling was a copy of a ceiling at Gripsholm Castle in Sweden. The painting represented Aurora, the goddess of dawn.
The small cabinets on high legs were imported from Germany, Holland and France.
After climbing the stairs, was a fascinating golden globe in another room designed to illustrate Nicolas Copernicus’ bold theory that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the world.
A portrait of Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish writer known for his fairy tales. Remember “The Emperor's New Clothes” and The Ugly Duckling"?
In one of the next rooms we walked through, the most eye-catching feature was the ceiling. I don't ever recall seeing what looked like 'rolling logs' on a ceiling before!
There were official portraits of politicians, scientists and governmental officials.
Luckily for us, it was much warmer as we left the castle and walked back through town to the station in time to get the train to Helsingor, a town northeast of Hillerod, to tour Kronborg Castle.
This view across the sound was as close as we got to Helsingborg, Sweden.
Two small rooms were used as the private quarters of the King and
Queen because they were easy to heat. During the Renaissance, the climate was much cooler than it is today so a small room with a blazing fire was the preferred choice. Because many arranged marriages ended up as an unhappy union, royal couples slept apart. I was amused to learn that sleeping apart was also a sign of great status as huddling up to another warm person in bed was a much cheaper option!
These decidedly unusual and humorous paintings by German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann were our introduction to the museum. I had never heard of Feldmann so was intrigued to learn that he doesn't sign his paintings and that he "obscures, turns upside down and short-circuits an ostensibly venerable but also ambitious tradition - salon art."