Amalienborg royal courtyard with the statue

My kingdom for a horse


The equestrian statue of King Frederik V has pride of place in the centre of Amalienborg Slotsplads. It was created in 1753-74 by French sculptor Jacques François Joseph Saly (1717-1776). The project was initiated by King Frederik V but the Danish Asiatic Company…

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Head of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Visual Schools, tells about Saly and the academy in the video on this website.

År: 2011 PHOTO:Palabra/Heritage Agency of Denmark

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Saly's equestrian statue
King Frederik V
Amalienborg royal courtyard with the statue

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