Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard (1743-1809)

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The Spirit of Culmin Appears to his Mother


Philoctetes, 1775

Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard was an 18th century Danish painter. He first studied at the Copenhagen Academy and moved to Rome in 1772. He later met and was influenced by Fuseli and afterwards began to produce works with a Romantic theme.



After five years in Rome, Abildgaard returned to Denmark and began to paint in a Classical style. He served as the director of the Copenhagen Academy from 1789-1791 and also worked occasionally as an architect, designer and sculptor.



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