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View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight  1839

by Martinus Rørbye

This cabinet picture depicts a soldier and two sailors at the military citadel popularly known as Kastellet, which is situated to the north of Copenhagen’s old city. Rørbye’s teacher, Eckersberg, specialized in maritime subjects, but these figures, with their backs to the viewer and illuminated solely by moonlight, embody a sense of Romantic longing that recalls works by D...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art