(b Blakrog, Southern Jutland, 2 Jan. 1783; d Copenhagen, 22 July 1853). Danish painter. He was one of the leading figures in his country's art in the first half of the 19th century, and is sometimes called ‘the father of Danish painting’ because of the influence he exerted on his contemporaries. After training in Copenhagen and under J.-L. David in Paris (1811–13), he continued his studies in Rome (1813–16), where he painted a masterly portrait of his friend Thorvaldsen (1815, Academy, Copenhagen).
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)