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Sun Dog Phenomenon Observed over Stockholm (1535) Options
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Sun Dog Phenomenon Observed over Stockholm (1535)

Today, the science behind parhelia—also known as "sun dogs"—is well understood, but when the huge, glowing halos and miniature suns appeared in the sky above Stockholm in 1535, it was a major event. A painting of the occurrence is the earliest color depiction of Stockholm, then a crowded cluster of stone buildings on an island. It is also the earliest depiction of sun dogs and is largely scientifically accurate. What were some of the conflicting interpretations of the omen at the time? More...
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Sun Dog Phenomenon Observed over Stockholm (1535)
Today, the science behind parhelia—also known as "sun dogs"—is well understood, but when the huge, glowing halos and miniature suns appeared in the sky above Stockholm in 1535, it was a major event. A painting of the occurrence is the earliest color depiction of Stockholm, then a crowded cluster of stone buildings on an island. It is also the earliest depiction of sun dogs and is largely scientifically accurate.
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When the residents of Stockholm awoke to the smattering of bright circles, arcs, and sunspots scarring the skies, they interpreted it as a bad omen, and quickly spread rumours of God’s forthcoming revenge on King Gustav Vasa. During the 1520s, the king had carried out a Reformation demolishing Catholic churches and monasteries and introduced Protestantism in Sweden. As the newly elected King of Sweden, he also ruthlessly purged his new kingdom of challengers–some real, some not–and prepared for enemy attacks from Danes and others. Thus, a rumour spread that the marks in the sky were a sign of God’s displeasure with the controversial acts of King Gustav.

In order to put an end to the rumours and foreboding speculation about the meaning of the celestial sketchings, Chancellor and Lutheran scholar Olaus Petri commissioned a painting to document the event. The resulting masterpiece was Vadersolstavlan, or The Sun Dog Painting, an oil-on-panel painting by artist Urban Malare, or “Urban the Painter.” Vadersolstavlan depicts a scattering of glowing circles and arcs shining against the moody blue skies over Stockholm. It is the oldest depiction of Stockholm in colour, the oldest Swedish landscape painting, and the oldest depiction of sun dogs.

Unfortunately, King Gustav interpreted the spectacular painting as a conspiracy, with the real Sun representing himself being threatened by the competing mock suns, representing Petri and clergyman Laurentius Andreae. Thanks to the painting–or the King’s interpretation of it–the two were accused of treachery but narrowly escaped capital punishment.

The original painting is now lost, but a copy from 1636 by Jacob Heinrich Elbfas now hangs in the central Stockholm church of Storkyrkan.


http://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/sun-dog-phenomenon-scares-stockholm/
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