Room 219

Home and Away

The Danish Golden Age 1825-60

Wilhelm Bendz,  The Waagepetersen Family, 1830

This room and in 220 present different approaches to travelling and the ways in which encounters with other countries and other veins of art are processed by travellers. This room takes its point of departure in scenes of family life and Copenhagen life during the Golden Age of Danish art and follows the artists as they journey out into Europe.

Jorgen Roed,  An Artist Resting by the Roadside, 1832


The artists saw themselves as anti-tourists, but their images describe the same journey that tourists would make as they made their way through Europe to Italy and Turkey. This applies to both the travel routes taken and the motifs selected. Rather than observing a Europe in a state of change, the artists depict their motifs – particularly Italy – as sanctuaries of unspoilt sites where they can find traces of the grandeur of Antiquity.

In unspoiled regions?

It is remarkable to observe how very few Italian prospects include other travellers. In their paintings, artists would often present themselves as diligently working anti-tourists seeking out unspoilt regions. However, the accounts and sketchbooks left behind by the artists offer a very different image of the advent of mass tourism.

Constantin Hansen, The Temple of Athena in Paestum, 1838.

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