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Constantin_Hansen, A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, Statens Museum for Kunst
Past exhibition
Past exhibition
The Danish Golden Age
February 28–July 21, 2019

The Danish Golden Age

The exhibition was shown at Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Although Denmark is a neighbour and the two countries share a common art history – the art that shaped Denmark’s image is surprisingly unknown in Sweden.

During the 19th century, art that combined equal parts magical and realistic imagery grew out of a society marked by great upheaval. In these works, a parallel universe emerged in which everyday misery was highlighted by its very absence. Drawing inspiration from their immediate surroundings, artists created irresistible images that invite the viewers to imagine themselves in another place, yet to find fascination in the virtually surreal attention to detail.

Mundane scenes depicted with an incisive and realistic attention to detail are typical of the period. The images give today's viewer a sense of proximity to the people, society and nature of a bygone age.

The exhibition focuses on a number of key themes and on the social, political, economic and cultural conditions which were prerequisites for the art. These comprise familiar topics such as Copenhagen, the Danish Academy of Arts, the family, the artist at work, travel pictures, and landscape painting. Yet other themes encompass previously lesser-known topics, among them humor, intimacy and sensuality, as well as the painting of the late Golden Age.

More than 300 works are presented in the exhibition, and featured artists include Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Christen Købke, Martinus Rørbye, Constantin Hansen, Peter Christian Skovgaard, Frederik Sødring, Johan Thomas Lundbye and Wilhelm Marstrand.

Find out more about The Danish Golden Age

Explore some of the artworks in the exhibition

Audioguide in the app

In the Audio guide companying the Danish Golden Age exhibition, Peter Nørgaard Larssen, from Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Magnus Olausson, Carl Johan Olsson, Eva-Lena Karlsson and Martin Olin from Nationalmuseum talk about 24 of the works in the exhibition.

You will find the audio guide in the Nationalmuseum Visitor guide app. You will find the app in Google Play or AppStore.


An exhibition catalogue is being published which includes images of many of the works featured in the exhibition, as well as a series of texts by leading researchers in the field. 495 kr

Exhibition on tour

The exhibition The Danish Golden Age was presented at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, from February 28 to July 21, 2019. Thereafter, it will be displayed at the National Gallery of Denmark in autumn 2019 and at the Petit Palais City of Paris’ Museum of Fine Arts in spring 2020.