A View of a Foreign Culture
Melchior Lorck in Turkey 1555-1559
18 April – 3 August 2008
A widely travelled artist
Melchior Lorck (AKA Lorichs, 1526/27- after 1588) is the first Danish artist whose life’s work is extensively documented in surviving records. His connections to the Danish king Christian III and the German emporer Ferdinand I took him far afield in Europe and even to Turkey, much farther than any other Danish artist of the time.
The Turkish Publication
Lorck’s journey resulted in 128 woodcuts, which he intended to publish as a book. However, he did not succeed in this. The Turkish Publication, as the work is entitled, did not come out until 1626, long after Lorck’s demise.
About the exhibition
Presenting around 120 woodcuts, drawings, and prints, the exhibition provided a comprehensive insight into Lorck’s unique idiom. Today, many of Lorck’s pictures give rise to wonder: what was Lorck trying to tell? What was the impression of Turkey he wanted to give Europeans?
Celebration of Lorck
The occasion of the exhibition is a major publication about Lorck, written by Erik Fischer, the former long-term head of The Department of Prints and Drawings at Statens Museum for Kunst. Thereby it is a part of a wider celebration of Lorck, in which The Royal Library is also participated.
Admission is free