Nicolai Abildgaard

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Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard  (born Sept. 11, 1743, Copenhagen, Den.—died June 4, 1809, Frederiksdal), the most renowned Danish painter of the late 18th century and one of the early Neoclassicists.

During 1772–77 Abildgaard studied in Rome, where he was primarily influenced by antique sculpture and Roman wall paintings. His style was classical, though with a romantic trend, and he had a remarkable sense of colour. Many of his paintings are melodramatic interpretations of episodes from ancient literature. He taught at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, of which he became director in 1789.

Nicolai Abildgaard

The Wounded Philoctetes

From 1772 Abildgaard spent five years in Rome thanks to a scholarship granted by the Royal DanishAcademy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. It was while in Rome that he created this depiction of the legendary hero Philoctetes, whose screams of pain caused by a festering snakebite made his comrades-in-arms abandon him on a Greek island during the Trojan war....
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