Renæssanceforum 2 • 2006

Hanne Honnens de Lichtenberg
Frederik II's artists at Kronborg

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Frederik II was the first Danish king to realize the value of using art for the purpose of royal glorification fully. His great strength of mind is evident in Schardt's bust. Frederik II was the patron of Tycho Brahe and supported "Uraniborg" (demolished c. 1600). Kronborg castle (completely modernised from 1577) was damaged in the fire of 1629; the chapel, however, was saved. In order to emphasize the venerable age of the Danish kingdom, 40 tapestries (representing 100 ancient kings) were commissioned from Hans Knieper. An all-important aim was to represent King Frederik as the leading protestant monarch and opponent of the papacy.