danish illustrator


Fendi’s 90th anniversary show “Legends and Fairytales” held at the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), Rome, last summer. The show’s inspiration came from the work of the Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen, and the collection of norse fairytales known as “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914. Sadly, the talented Kay Nielsen died poor and in obscurity in 1957, while his dreamy, delicate and intricate illustrations have regained popularity these recent years. Nielsen’s work belongs to the so called “golden age of illustration”, that is the early 20th century.

Runic monument at Hunestad, Scania, Denmark, tenth century. The figure is that of a troll-wife, or giantess, riding on a wolf, bridled by a snake.

The Mythology of All Races, vol. II. Eddic

John Arnott MacCulloch
Boston: The Marshall Jones Co., Ltd., 1916.