EIGTVED, Nicolaj
(b. 1701, Egtved, d. 1754, København)

Biography

Nicolai (Niels) Eigtved, born Niels Madsen on the farm in Egtved village, Danish architect. He introduced and was the leading proponent of the French Rococo style in Danish architecture during the 1730s-1740s. He designed and built some of the most prominent buildings of his time, a number of which still stand to this day. He also played an important role in the establishment of the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi), and was its first native-born leader. He was the court architect to Christian VI and Frederik V.