Sunday, May 06, 2007

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a place I always return to, when I visit Copenhagen. Close to the Tivoli Gardens, you can escape the cool Scandinavian climate and enter into a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is connected to the second owner of the Carlsberg Breweries, Carl Christian Hillman Jacobsen. In 1897 he founded the museum around his extensive collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian art.

I particularly love the museums sub tropical garden, located under a large glass dome. Here you find old date palms, flowering hibiscus, ferns, and other beautiful plants.

The Palm Gardens at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a place just to sit down and have quiet moment. I also recommend you to eat lunch here, as there is a great café as well, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and have a meal, under the large palm trees.

The exhibitions are located in beautiful clean halls in Greco-Roman style. The Carl Jacobsens Festive hall, is the heart of the exhibitions. It is a wonderful hall with marble columns and floor, contrasted by a deep red colour on the walls. Here you find antique statues displayed between the large columns.

The beauty of Carl Jacobsens Festive Hall leaves you speechless and moved. The same can be said of the enormous collection of antique art at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Carl Jacobsen also left a large collection of Danish and European art from the 19th and 20th Century. Here you find paintings from the French Golden Age made by David, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Bonnard and Gauguin.

I will share some of my photos from the Egyptian, Greek and Roman Collections with you. But be aware - having 1-2 hours does not give a credit to such an extensive collection. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is, as Louvre in Paris, and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a museum to revisit, over and over again.

Visit the Official Website of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

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