Hype: Købke and the Golden Age

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I’m still suffering somewhat from a heavy workload here, so it’ll be a while longer before I return to regular blogging, but I just wanted to let those of you in the UK who might be interested know that there’s currently a great show on at the National Gallery in London of the Danish painter Christen Købke’s (1810-1848) work. It presents a choice selection of the best of one of the best kept secrets of early 19th-century modern painting and may be an eye-opener for people interested in modernity or Scandiavian art. (Of course, there’s also the fascinating, major show of Købke’s French contemporary, Paul Delaroche — an expertly curated show, suggesting several fresh avenues of exploration into his work and that of his contemporaries).

Also, on April 24, the Gallery is hosting a study day where a number of scholars will present papers on Købke and his time, the so-called Danish Golden Age. I myself will be participating with a paper on Købke and his teacher, the equally interesting C. W. Eckersberg (1783-1853). It is open to everyone at a modest fee and I naturally urge you to go if you have any interest in these subjects.

View of the North Gate of the Citadel, 1834, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

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