14 Works, June 18th. is Peter Nicolai Arbo’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #166

Peter Nicolai Arbo (1831–1892)
Detail; Battle of Stamford Bridge, c. 1870

Oil on canvas
Private collection

The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, in England, on 25 September 1066, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada and the English king’s brother Tostig Godwinson. After a bloody battle, both Hardrada and Tostig, along with most of the Norwegians, were killed. Although Harold Godwinson repelled the Norwegian invaders, his army was defeated by the Normans at Hastings less than three weeks later. The battle has traditionally been presented as symbolising the end of the Viking Age. More on The Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Peter Nicolai Arbo[ (18 June 1831–14 October 1892) was a Norwegian historical painter, who specialized in portraits and allegorical scenes from Norwegian history and the Norse mythology. He is most noted for The Wild Hunt of Odin (See below), a dramatic motif based on the Wild Hunt legend and Valkyrie, which depicts a female figure from Norse mythology…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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