Ferdinand Meldahl

Ferdinand Meldahl (16 March 1827 – 3 February 1908) was a Danish architect best known for the reconstruction of Frederiksborg Castle after the fire in 1859. Meldahl was one of the leading proponents of historicism in Denmark.[1][2]

Ferdinand Meldahl
Portrait of Ferdinand Meldahl painted by Peder Severin Krøyer in 1882
Born(1827-03-16)16 March 1827
Died3 February 1908(1908-02-03) (aged 80)
NationalityDanish
OccupationArchitect
BuildingsFrederik's Church
Charlottenlund Palace

Biography

He was the son of architect Heinrich Meldahl. He worked in his father's iron foundry and was also trained as a bricklayer. He joined the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he was educated as an architect. He conducted several study trips to Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Egypt and Syria. [3] As a member of the municipal council of Copenhagen Municipality for 27 years from 1866, Meldahl managed to significantly influence the city.[4]

In 1857, he became a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and in 1863 a professor at the academy. He was its manager from 1873 to 1890. In 1904, he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on the occasion of the visit of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. At the time he was Chamberlain to the King Christian IX of Denmark and Vice President of the Danish Royal Academy of Arts. He was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog (1861, Dannebrogsmand (1864), Commander of the 2nd degree of Dannebrog in (1874) and of the 1st degree that year and awarded the Cross of Honour of the Order of the Dannebrog (1904). [5] [6]

Selected works

References

  1. Hartung.
  2. "Meldahl, Ferdinand (1827-1908)". KulturNav. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  3. Hakon Lund. "F. Meldahl". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  4. Ferdinand Meldahl, Danmarks Radio.
  5. "No. 27669". The London Gazette. 1904-05-22. p. 2581. RVO appointments on the occasion of King Edward VII's visit to Denmark
  6. Ida Haugsted. "Ferdinand Meldahl". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbach Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2019.

Other sources

Further reading

  • Bligaard, Mette (2008) Frederiksborgs genrejsning. Historicisme i teori og praksis (in Danish). ISBN 978-87-7695-079-8.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Wilhelm Marstrand
Director of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
18731890
Succeeded by
Otto Bache
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