National Geographic : 1928 Oct
ONE Of SWEDEN'S GIFTED ARTISTS DEPICTS THE SACKING OI VISBY IN 1361 Among the finest modern paintings in Stockholm's great National Museum is C. G. Hellquist's conception of the capture ofGottland's capital by the Danish king, Valdemar Atterdag. The conqueror (seated on a dais erected in the market place) ordersthe inhabitants tofill his great casks with their jewels, their silver and gold plate, and their ornaments. Tradition says that the Danes' triumph wasshort-lived, for as their ships sailed out of the harbor, heavily laden with all Visby's treasure, they were overwhelmed by a violent storm. Ships and treasure alike were lost. Story-tellers ofVisby assure the visitor that in clear, calm weather, the glint of gold may be seen to this day among the sands atthe bottom of the sea, just outside the harbor. Among the treasures taken in the great raid were two enormous carbuncles, "so large and brilliant that when mounted on the west wall of St. Nicholas church they had served as beacons to seafarers."