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Frederik Christian Lund

1826–1901, Copenhagen

The painter, Frederik Christian Lund, began his studies at the Academy in Copenhagen in 1845, working at the same time as a scene painter at the Thorvaldsen Museum, where he was involved primarily in completing the frieze designed by Jørgen Sonne. He felt a close bond with his native country and was extremely successful, in particular, with his paintings of Danish landscapes. Later on he also painted portraits and genre scenes. In the course of his career Lund travelled several times to Italy. A travel stipend from the Academy enabled him to undertake his first trip between 1862 and 1864, during which he collaborated with Carl Bloch in Rome and established himself as a history painter. His second journey to Rome took place in the winter of 1874/75.