After the National Museum of Denmark, we visited the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the art museum in Copenhagen. The museum exhibits the art collections of Carl Jacobsen of the Carlsberg Breweries. The beautiful building is a power house of art that transcends the limit of time, age and geographical boundaries.
The museum houses some of the most ancient sculptures from Egypt, Rome and Greece and some the unique Rodin works of the modern times. It exhibits a host of paintings of French impressionists, Post-impressionists as well as that of the Danish Golden Age.
Notable paintings include the works of eminent painters such as Pissarro, Monet, Cezanne, Jacques-Louis David of the impressionism era and the likes of Bonnard, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec of the post-impressionist clan. The beautiful bronze sculptures of the Degas exhibit a number of dancers and also a lot of prominence is given to the works by Stephan Sinding, the Norwegian-Danish sculptor.
Apart from the art collection, the architecture of the building is equally enthralling. The oldest part of the building named as the Dahlerup Wing exudes the Venetian renaissance style while the Kampmann Wing is a more of neo-classical style with a series of galleries and a central auditorium that is often used for lectures, poetry reading, small concerts and symposiums.
A beautiful Winter Garden laid on a foundation of a mosaic floors is lined with tall palms and a fountain joins the two wings of the museum at the base which is conjoined by a copper and wrought iron laden dome from the top.
Some notable collections in the 10,000 art work in the museum includes sculptures and antiquities of the Mediterranean era, artifacts from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan cultures as well as artifacts dating back to the 6500 BCE from the time of Levant, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Persia.
It was little tough maintaining the interest level of a eight year old to whom some of the art pieces were interesting while some were not. Nevertheless, my wife, as a hands-on mother managed to keep him engrossed through her tell-a-tale technique for each of the art pieces! We walked out of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek as enriched individuals replenished with a sumptuous doze of art and culture.