About the display

The new display of European Art 1300-1800 offers a unique opportunity for gaining insights into 500 years of art from all of Europe. Here, the Gallery opens up a treasure trove featuring works by some of the greatest figures from art history.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Melancholy, 1532.

Scope for contemplation
The display offers a new space for contemplating art – and, indeed, the various narratives and tales told about Europe over the course of five centuries. Here, the Gallery opens up a treasure trove featuring works by some of the greatest figures from art history, including Mantegna, Cranach, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt and many more.

A royal collection
The collection of older European art at The National Gallery of Denmark is unique insofar as it has its roots in the collections owned by the Danish monarchs. King after king have bought art and received art as gifts. This allows us to trace each individual painting back through history and to understand why and how it was acquired. Not many other museums in the world can do that!

Cornelis de Vos, The last Judgement, 1600-1625

Presenting 500 years of art history with the best works and greatest artists
Thedisplay  allows you to experience the great variety of the collections; here you will find painting, sculpture, miniatures, drawings, and prints on display together.

The display also encompasses many different countries, with particular emphasis on Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, Spanish, and German art. Last, but by no means least, it showcases 500 years of art history as mediated by some of the very best of works and greatest of artists.

Get an overview
The first room introduces 500 years of art with a parade of highlights: From the distant and aloof Madonna of medieval art to a portrait of a most emphatically present Renaissance humanist we move on to the moving imagery of the Baroque through the light-hearted joie de vivre of the Rococo towards the sombre moral philosophies of Neo-Classicism.

Art history in time and space
The display is arranged in order of chronology and geography in order to provide a sense of the scope and depth of history in time and space. The chronological presentation lets the common European roots reveal themselves while also providing an overview. At the same time, creativity, art, and times of cultural flourishing are tied to specific regions and cities, and these links are also presented.

Universal issues?
In some of the rooms the displays are regarded from a contemporary point of view in order to accentuate art’s ability to transcend time and space and point to universal and existential issues. One example includes the eternal question of what it means to be good? Five hundred years of art provide many answers to this question. Today we can probably add even more.

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