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The voting is now closed: Which artwork do you want to deep-zoom into?

Google Art Project is visiting SMK to make a Gigapixel image of one artwork from our collection. This will enable you to zoom into the microspcopic details of the selected artwork.

You could help decide which of the 10 artworks below should be our Gigapixel artwork, by participating in the voting which is now closed.

You could also participate in the poll in Google+ and Facebook

The winner was Whitewashing the Old House by L.A. Ring.

The selected SMK Gigapixel artwork will be added to the 48 others currently available in the Google Art Project

The artworks that were part of the voting:

1
/ Pieter Aertsen, The Fat Kitchen. An Allegory.
2
/ Peter Paul Rubens, The Judgement of Solomon, c. 1617.
Karel Dujardin, Dreng, der blæser sæbebobler. Allegori på forgængeligheden, 1663.
3
/ Karel Dujardin, Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles. Allegory on the Transitoriness and the Brevity of Life, 1663.
4
/ Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Trompe l'oeil. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio, 1670-1671.
5
/ Jens Juel, Niels Ryberg with his Son Johan Christian and his Daughter-in-Law Engelke, née Falbe, 1797.
6
/ C.W. Eckersberg, Bella and Hanna. The Eldest Daughters of M.L. Nathanson, 1820.
7
/ Wilhelm Bendz, A Young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examining a Sketch in a Mirror, 1826.
8
/ Christen Købke, Morning View of Østerbro, 1836.
9
/ Laurits Andersen Ring, Whitewashing the Old House, 1908.
10
/ Harald Giersing, The Judgement of Paris, 1909.

A bit of background for the Gigapixel poll

As the first museum in Google Art Project, the National Gallery of Denmark leaves it up to our users to decide which artwork from our collections will be captured in Gigapixel. But why have these 10 specific artworks become the candidates?

In order to be captured in Gigapixel an artwork should meet certain technical criteria:

  • Artworks should be minimum 40 x 40 cm and maximum 800 x 500 cm
  • If a painting is behind glass, this should be removable. This means that artworks in micro climate frames cannot candidate – sorting out for instance Andrea Mantegna's amazing painting Christ as the Suffering Redeemer.
  • If an artwork cannot be moved from where it is hanging, the line of sight in the room should be clear, for instance of pillars and furniture
  • The artwork should be hanging in the galleries on a permanent basis
  • SMK should have rich online content about the artworks
  • It should make particular sense to zoom deep into the artwork

Read more about each art work

Pieter Aertsen (1507/1508-75), The Fat Kitchen. An Allegory. 110,5x213 cm. KMSsp339
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Pieter Aertsen, The Fat Kitchen. An Allegory.

The picture is a warning against 'voluptas carnis' – a life in the throes of the senses, leading to gluttony, drunkenness, and moral looseness.

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Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), The Judgement of Solomon, c. 1617. 234x303 cm. kmssp185
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Peter Paul Rubens, The Judgement of Solomon, c. 1617.

King Solomon’s wisdom led him to have a sword brought in and to order the living child cloven in two so that the women could share it.

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Karel Dujardin, Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles. Allegory on the Transitoriness and the Brevity of Life, 1663.

Karel Dujardin, Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles. Allegory on the Transitoriness and the Brevity of Life, 1663. 116x96,5 cm.
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Karel Dujardin, Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles. Allegory on the Transitoriness and the Brevity of Life, 1663.

The motif is a "memento mori", a reminder of the transience of happiness and the brevity of human life.

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Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (c. 1610- after 1675) Trompe l'oil. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio, 1670-1671

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (c. 1610- after 1675), Trompe l'oeil. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio, 1670-1671. 132x199 cm. KMSsp812
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Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Trompe l'oeil. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio, 1670-1671.

With the aid of paintings, painter's tools and a flower-patterned table-cover in the artist's studio, Gijsbrechts describes himself as an artist, the way he wishes to be known to the world.

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Jens Juel (1745-1802), Niels Ryberg with his Son Johan Christian and his Daughter-in-Law Engelke, née Falbe, 1797. 253x336,5 cm. kms6251
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Jens Juel, Niels Ryberg with his Son Johan Christian and his Daughter-in-Law Engelke, née Falbe, 1797.

The merchant Niels Ryberg is shown sitting on a bench in the parklands of the manor house Frederiksgave. The son makes a gesture with his hand, as though to show off the family estate.

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C.W. Eckersberg (1783-1853), Bella and Hanna. The Eldest Daughters of M.L. Nathanson, 1820. 125x85,5 cm. kms3498
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C.W. Eckersberg, Bella and Hanna. The Eldest Daughters of M.L. Nathanson, 1820.

Parrots were often seen as symbols of good breeding due to their ability to imitate human voices. However, the caged bird can also be regarded as a metaphor for the two unmarried women’s sheltered situation while waiting – perhaps longing? – to move out into real life.


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Wilhelm Bendz (1804-32), A Young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examining a Sketch in a Mirror, 1826. 98x85 cm, kms280
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Wilhelm Bendz, A Young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examining a Sketch in a Mirror, 1826.

The picture gives an impression of how the painters of the time saw themselves: As serious, self-aware artists.

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Christen Købke (1810-48), Morning View of Østerbro, 1836. 106,5x161,5. KMS844
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Christen Købke, Morning View of Østerbro, 1836.

Almost every morning during the summer of 1836, Købke took up position by the road to watch the sunset and a number of everyday scenes.

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Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933), Whitewashing the Old House, 1908.

Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933), Whitewashing the Old House, 1908.

L.A. Ring, Whitewashing the Old House, 1908.

The painting shows an everyday scene conveyed with great realism and attention to detail. The motif and characters stem from the immediate environment of L.A. Ring.

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Harald Giersing (1881-1927), The Judgement of Paris, 1909. 121,5x149 cm. kms6489
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Harald Giersing, The Judgement of Paris, 1909.

The title of this piece refers to the Ancient Greek legend of Prince Paris, who was called upon to decide who was more beautiful of the three goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.

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