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View of Kronborg from the Coast North of Helsingør (Elsinore)
Johan Thomas Lundbye Danish
Not on view
In the winter of 1848 Lundbye traveled to Helsingør, on Zealand’s extreme northeastern tip. This watercolor shows Kronborg Castle—immortalized in Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" and one of the most recognizable buildings in Denmark. Built during the Renaissance, the castle was highly valued as a coastal fortification at the entrance into the Baltic Sea. Many artists during this period depicted the castle as a monument of Danish cultural heritage, but Lundbye instead placed the northern coast, with its beach, brush, and barren trees, in the foreground and silhouetted the castle against a sea of blue.