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“Haakon Good”, Arbo Peter Nikolay - description of the painting

“Haakon Good”, Arbo Peter Nikolay - description of the painting

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Haakon Good - Arbo Peter Nikolay.

Known around the world for his works on the theme of Scandinavian myths, tales and stories, Arbo Peter Nikolay was born in Norway in 1831, near the town of Drammen, in the family of Christian Frederik, the director of the local Arbo public school.

The young man studies in Copenhagen, then enters the most famous art school in Europe - the Dusseldorf Academy of Arts. Peter Nikolay is actively interested in the history of his native country, Scandinavian and German mythology.

His interest in history is reflected, in particular, in the film "Good Haakon", written in 1860.

Haakon I Good - the third Norwegian king - lived only 41 years. People and history gave him such a name, because in those cruel times in the struggle for power, the king did not take the life of any of his blood relatives.

Haakon received a good upbringing, mastered martial arts, was stately and eloquent. He had to gather an army and oppose his brother Eirik the Bloody Ax who sought to lead the kingdom. Subsequently, Eirik fled to England, where he was killed.

The reign of Haakon the Good was peaceful, wise, much attention was paid to the establishment of laws.

Maybe the canvas depicts a scene of Haakon's resolution of some dispute over land inherited. After all, free landowners, or bonds, represented at that time a rather important layer of the population - they could participate in the discussion of national issues and even agree or disagree with the actions of the king.

But, it may well be, given the aggressive-minded bond in the central part of the picture, a religious issue is being discussed.

Haakon I was a Christian king in a pagan country, but failed to advance Christianity. The king’s call to accept true faith had no effect on leaders and bonds.

Perhaps this scene was immortalized by a talented painter: the oldest and most influential bond threatens and demands that Haakon take part in the ritual of sacrificing to pagan gods, the king is restrained, but he understands that he is forced to give up and abandon his ideas and beliefs.

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