Danish Golden Age Painting

David Jackson

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A vibrant survey of visual culture in Golden Age Denmark (1801-1864)

Following the disastrous outcome of the Napoleonic Wars and national bankruptcy, Denmark affected a remarkable cultural renaissance, spawning such major talents as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Ørsted. The Golden Age, roughly spanning the first half of the nineteenth century, produced defining images of a peaceful and ordered society as the emerging Copenhagen bourgeoisie asserted a taste for portraits, urban scenes and landscapes that embraced their lifestyles. Artists such as Christen Købke and C. W. Eckersberg turned their attentions to the people, traditions and customs of their land, encapsulating the quintessence of this celebrated period of cultural richness. Danish Golden Age Painting examines the vital role played by the visual arts within the wider context of the era’s social, political, intellectual, scientific, artistic and cultural achievements. Drawing on the best of established and contemporary Danish scholarship, it presents an innovative survey of Danish Golden Age art.

David Jackson is professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art Histories at the University of Leeds.

ISBN: 9780300249996
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
224 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
120 color + b/w illus.
Christen Købke

Danish Master of Light

David Jackson with Kasper Monrad

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