Christian V

His equestrian statue by Abraham César Lamoureux (1688) on the square he laid out, Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen was clearly inspired by existing proven examples, like the ones of Marcus Aurelius and Louis XIII. The design caused severe problems due to the soft metal (gilded lead) used for the casting. The construction had, therefore, to be strengthened and Lamoureux introduced a figure of a naked man, personifying envy, crouched underneath the horse’s hoof, but in the same time supporting the weakest point of the statue, the horse’s barrel. However over the centuries the problems with the statue remained. The statue was recasted in bronze by Einar Utzon-Frank between 1939 and 1942. The new cast was inaugurated in 1946 and is popular with the youth as the picture above shows.

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