The Royal Collection of Graphic Art
More than 240,000 works of art
The Royal Collection of Graphic Art holds a vast collection of prints, but more than half of it consists of drawings, watercolours, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, photographs, and other types of art on paper.
Numbering more than 240,000 works, the collection spans the range from 15th century art through modernism to cutting-edge contemporary works.
World-class art on paper
The collection holds a rich selection of non-Danish works by leading artists ranging from Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya to Toulouse-Lautrec, Bruce Nauman, and Louise Bourgeois. Even so, Danish art represents the main cornerstone. Nowhere else offers an overview of Danish art to rival The Royal Collection of Graphic Art for nuance and variety.
Among the oldest collections in the world
The Royal Collection of Graphic Art is one of the oldest collections of its kind in the world. It is presumed to date back to the 16th century when the Danish monarchs laid down the first foundations of the vast collection. The first tangible traces appear around the days of King Christian II. At that time, the German artist Albrecht Dürer makes a diary entry in 1521, stating that he has given the Danish king “the best pieces of all my prints".
In 1843 the collection was opened to the public, and in 1896 it was relocated to the new National Gallery of Denmark alongside The Royal Collection of Paintings and The Royal Cast Collection.
The National Gallery of Denmark continues to bring The Royal Collection of Graphic Art to the forefront with two exhibitions yearly, which originate from the Museum’s research and the rich collection. These recurrent exhibitions will present exciting examples from 600 years of art contained in the Collection, and will be put into perspective with important loans from home and abroad.