European Art 1300-1800
Welcome to 500 years of Western European art. The works are arranged in accordance with their country of origin and chronology.
Within this overall structure, a number of different angles of approach allow for contemplation, insight, and the consideration of contemporary parallels and relevance.
For example, here you can gain insights into how Northern European art from the 15th and 16th centuries regarded the concept of what it means to be a good person, and you can be swept away by 17th century Italian art that was created specifically to move its audience.
Important artists such as Mantegna, Titian, Rubens, and Rembrandt are featured here, and the collection encompasses many different media and modes of expression.
Here you will find paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, and miniatures. The collection is unique insofar as it was originally a royal collection, i.e. the monarch’s property. Works of art were bought for the reception rooms and private quarters of the palaces.
They were also received as gifts given as tokens of respect by other nobles and heads of state, or were obtained as the spoils of war. Old lists and inventories often allows us to trace a given work of art from the moment it was added to the king’s collections and to the present day.
On this wall by the point of entry you can find an outline of the history of the collections.
The first acquisitions were presumably portraits of the kings themselves and of other royalty. Important purchases of history paintings showing biblical and mythological scenes, still lifes parading an abundance of objects, and landscape paintings were subsequently made by the kings Christian 4, Frederik 3, Christian 5, and Frederik 5.
The other walls of the room introduce highlights presented in chronological order, showcasing the wide scope of the collection. Thus, a single room allows you to form an impression of what went on within the realm of art in Western Europe from 1300-1800.