Renæssanceforum 12 • 2017
Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen
Melchior Lorck i Danmark - Spekulationer og et par genfundne dokumenter
Melchior Lorck in Denmark - Deliberations and a Couple of Recovered Documents
In his youth the artist Melchior Lorck went abroad to become an accomplished artist that could serve the Danish king. However, it would take 32 years before he returned to join the cultural flowering under the auspices of King Frederik II, of which also Tycho Brahe formed part. However, he was dismissed after only three years and ap-pears to have produced next to nothing for the king. This contribution attempts to trace the artist's contacts with the Danish kings over the years abroad, to speculate about the reasons for the long delay and for the lack of works for the king when he was finally employed. It also presents three previously unexplored sources relating to the career of the artist.