Carl Bloch, Danish painter, was born May 23, 1834 in Copenhagen, the son of a merchant Jorgen Peter and Emily Bloch.
Parents wanted her son was a serious profession - they saw him as an officer in the Navy. But it was not to aspire to Karl. He was interested only painting and he insisted to learn to be an artist.
In 1849, he entered the Royal Danish Academy of Art, where after 3 years it is awarded a small silver medal for one of his drawings.
In 1859 travels in Holland and France. Italy is gradually moving from painting to the historical genre. Huge influence on the formation of Bloch's work as an artist had a Rembrandt.
In 1888 he was honored - were invited to place his self-portrait in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Carl Bloch met his future wife, Alma thrashing in Rome, where they married in May 1868. Unfortunately, this marriage, although he was very happy, was not long - his wife died fairly young - in January 1886. Grief from the loss of his wife's shattered health of the artist, besides his hands left eight children. Carl Bloch long outlived his wife, died of cancer on Feb. 22, 1890.
Most of the work of Carl Bloch is a picture of biblical themes.
After getting acquainted with the works of the artist, written in Italian, Danish philanthropist J. C. Jacobsen suggested that Bloch wrote 23 paintings for the prayer hall in the castle restored by Kristianborg hit by fire. It was a huge project, which works to illustrate the life of the Lord. Bloch worked on it for about 14 years.
Bloch is one of the greatest artists who reflect on his canvases life and death of Jesus Christ.
And now, after more than a hundred years since the death of Bloch. Young artists from around the world, writing on biblical themes, come to Denmark in Kristianborg to see the works of the great master.