Christen Købke

A View of the Square in the Kastel Looking Towards the Ramparts (About 1830)

About this artwork

This painting was made in about 1830, when Købke was developing his mature style, and shows the bakery in the Kastel, which is a castle in Copenhagen that served as a prison. The three figures in the foreground are Købke's father (who owned the bakery), Major J.J. Krohn, and the slave Sergeant Sporch (the prisoners were described as 'slaves'). The scene was one with which Købke was very familiar as he lived within the castle compound from 1817 to 1834. In the later 1830s his family moved out of Copenhagen and he concentrated on depicting more rural scenes. Subsequent visits to Germany and Italy broadened the scope of his subject matter still further.

  • title: A View of the Square in the Kastel Looking Towards the Ramparts
  • accession number: NG 2505
  • artist: Christen KøbkeDanish (1810 - 1848)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Castles
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1830
  • measurements: 30.00 x 23.40 cm (framed: 41.60 x 35.40 x 6.70cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 1989
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Christen Købke

Christen Købke

Købke's small precise paintings including, portraits and landscapes, are among the most distinguished created during Denmarks so-called Golden Age. He enrolled as a student at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and then studied with the established artist C.W.Eckersberg. Købke's father owned a bakery in the Kastel in Copenhagen, a castle serving as a prison. The family lived within the castle compound for seventeen years and it inspired many of Købke's paintings. He concentrated on more rural themes once the family moved further out of Copenhagen in the later 1830s. Købke also travelled to Germany and Italy, extended his range of subjects.