"A good portrait gives you this sense of presence of another person" ~ Mette Skougaard.
Mette Skougaard is in New Zealand to judge the Adam Portraiture Award.
She tells Lynn Freeman portraits are a fascinating way to connect with figures from the past:
Mette Skougaard is the director of Denmark's Museum of National History and National Portrait Gallery – which is situated in the remarkable Frederiskborg Castle – the largest renaissance castle in Scandanavia. It was built in the early 17th century as a royal residence for King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway.
The museum houses, alongside other works, the largest collection of portraits in Denmark – including paintings, busts, reliefs and portrait photography. Among the most prized portraits are those depicting Denmarks royal family over the centuries – which also reflect the family's changing role in society.