Wow. What an amazing piece of art.
Sure, it's been called creepy and dark and all kinds of ugly names, but we're going to go against the grain here and say this new painting of the Danish royal family is beyond amazing.
First, feast your eyes on this glorious portrait in its full glory!
According to the Danish Royal Collection website, the meaning behind this masterpiece, which was painted by Thomas Kluges, can be deciphered as follows:
"In Kluge’s painting the royal couple is depicted in a gilt rococo settee surrounded by their sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, all in everyday clothing. The present and future monarchs, H.M. The Queen, T.R.H. The Crown Prince and Prince Christian, all make eye contact with us, while their family members are portrayed in their own universe, unprovoked by the gaze of the spectator. The children are at play with the exception of the upright and severe Prince Christian who seems aware of his future responsibilities."
Talk about deep. But that's not what has us utterly impressed, though.
What we can't get over is just how crazy unconventional and mesmerizing Kluges has managed to make this portrait and the fact that both he and Denmark's royals had enough balls to go ahead and unveil something this creepily fantastic as the official royal family portrait. (Can you imagine the Queen of England agreeing to something like this? Never!)
Needless to say, we can't turn away. We just can't!
Now, where can we get a copy for our office?
Check out this equally epic Danish royal family portrait from 2011, which was painted by James Brennan. #WIN