Heinrich Hansen's image of Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh is characterized by the precision and detail of the depiction of the richly and exceptionally ornamented interior of the legendary chapel. Up to the present day there are legends vivid – among others animated by Dan Browns bestseller in the last time: It has been presumed that the Holy Grail, the treasure of the Knight of the Temple, has been hidden in crypt below the gothic church of the 15th century.
The painting is in very good condition, consistent with the age. Overall tiny craquelé can be seen on the canvas and scattered marks. There are areas with scuffing due to the frame along the upper edges and corners of the canvas. The frame shows traces of usage as marks, tears and scratches partially with loss of color.
Heinrich Hansen (1821-1890)
The Danish artist Heinrich Hansen, a painter and artisan of the 19th century, especially interested in Northern Renaissance, is mainly known for his depictions of architecture and interiors as well as for his handcrafts. At the beginning of the 1840s Hansen studied at the academy of Copenhagen and assisted among others in the paintings of the chapel of Christians IV. in the cathedral of Roskilde. Several study trips took him around Northern and Southern Europe searching for inspiration and stimulus for his architecture and interior studies. In the 1960s he became professor for perspective at the academy of Copenhagen. Another important sphere of activity were the applied arts: The artist designed porcelain and ceramic and for some time he was even the head of the Danish porcelain manufacture Bing & Grøndahl. His oeuvre is mainly characterized by the precision and detail of the pictures and by the delicate presentation of the incidence of light. Works of the artist are in the following collections: National Gallery of Denmark, Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek in Copenhagen and in The Museum of National History in Frederiksborg. (msc)