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Balder
  • TitleBalder
  • Technique/ MaterialCarrara marble
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h) 257 cm
    (h x b x dj) x 165 x 81 cm
    (massa) 1890 kg
  • DatingMade 1844
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Bengt Erland Fogelberg, Swedish, born 1786, dead 1854
  • CategorySculpture
  • Inventory No.NMSk 394
  • AcquisitionGift 1866 dowager queen Josefina
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1280 The Sculpture Courtyard
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
    Images and media

    In Norse mythology, Balder is the son of Odin and the good and wise god of light. Fogelberg’s Balder appears weak and vulnerable compared to Odin and Thor. The relationship with the sculptor Thorvaldsen’s Christ (1838) is clear and Balder is represented as a Norse version of Christ. The broken arrows and the sword at his feet point to Balder. All of nature had sworn an oath to protect the god, and therefore arrows that hit him would break apart.