The Wallace Collection

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Frederick II King of Denmark
  • Geert van Egen (active between: 1591 - 1600) , Possibly
  • Frederick II King of Denmark
  • Denmark
  • 1591
  • Relief
  • Alabaster, gold, wood and paint, gilded and carved
  • Height: 41.9 cm
    Width: 26 cm
  • Date mark: '1/5/9/1'
    Inscription: Inscription and royal monogram: 'Mein Hofnung zu Gott Allein / Trew ist Wilpret, / D. G. R. D.' Painted; 'My trust is in God alone, Wilpret is true, Dei gratia rex Danorum (By God's grace King of the Danes).'
  • S13
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This alabaster equestrian portrait of Fredrik II of Denmark and Norway (1534-88) bears an eccentric inscription which may be translated ‘My trust is in God alone/Wilpret is true/By God’s grace King of the Danes’. Wilpret was Fredrik’s favourite dog. The sculpture may be by Geert van Egen (working 1591-1600), one of many sculptors from the Netherlands who worked in Germany and Scandinavia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He sculpted the tomb of Fredrick II in Roskilde Cathedral (1594-8).