Valkyries Riding into Battle
  • Valkyries Riding into Battle

    TitleValkyries Riding into Battle
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 140 x 201 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 165 x 228 x 12 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Johan Gustaf Sandberg, Swedish, born 1782-05-13, dead 1854-06-26
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6866
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1991 Axel Hirsch Fund
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1449 1800-1870
  • Description
    Images and media

    During the 19th century Swedish interest in early Nordic mythology flourished, mainly encouraged by Karl XIV Johan. Born in France, the king saw this as a way of enhancing his own power. At the centre of Sandberg’s painting we see the Valkyries, spirits who chose which warriors were to die and come to Valhalla. Below a battle wages and on the left Freja, the goddess of fertility is mounted on a horse.