The years between 1730 and 1754 were a period of rich growth in Danish architecture, "designating the culmination of artistic liberation and ability, thanks to a happy combination of royal builders with broad views and daring thought and highly gifted architects capapble of finding expressions for the new ideas that were inspired by international currents of the time" (T. Faber, A History of Danish Architecture, Copenhagen, 1978).
Thurah's Den Danske Vitruvius was the only large scale influential work on architecture published in Denmark. Published at the expense of Christian VI, and printed by the best printer in Denmark at the time, Ernst Henrich Berling, the volumes illustrate buildings in Copenhagen and the royal palaces outside the city, providing a survey to Thurah's architectural career. Berling also published Danske Post Tidender, which would later become Berlingske Tidende.
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