Painting of Danish royal family criticized as 'creepy'


Scott Stump
TODAY contributor


21, 2013 at 11:32 AM ET

A portrait of the Danish Royal Family by artist Thomas Kluge has drawn criticism for being creepy.

Amalienborg Museum An official portrait of the Danish royal family, revealed on Wednesday, has drawn online criticism for being dark and “creepy”. The painting was done by Danish artist Thomas Kluge.

An official portrait of the Danish royal family that took artist Thomas Kluge four years to create has drawn criticism for being dark, “creepy” and resembling the poster of a horror movie. The Amalienborg Museum, which will exhibit the painting along with other royal portraits by Kluge, describes the work as both a story of a modern family and a piece of royal history.
2 In the painting, which was revealed to the public on Wednesday, the royal couple is depicted in a gilt rococo settee surrounded by their sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Kluge s style is described as a kind of magic realism by the museum. The present and future monarchs, H.M. The Queen, T.R.H.

The Crown Prince and Prince Christian, all make eye contact with us, while their family members are portrayed in their own universe, unprovoked by the gaze of the spectator, the painting s description reads. The children are at play with the exception of the upright and severe Prince Christian who seems aware of his future responsibilities. Prince Christian, 7, is second in the Danish line of succession.

His severe look includes a macabre glow around his face and bags under his eyes. His depiction and the overall painting have left many online unsettled. Kluge is the latest artist to have his portrayal of royals come under fire.

In May, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was dubbed “hideous” 3by one writer and “like a bloke wearing a wig” by another.

In January, a portrait of Duchess Kate drew criticism 4for making her look older and more worn out than her 31 years.


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