Thursday, June 14, 2012

Danish Artists in Rome

A Group of Danish Artists in Rome (Constantin Hansen, 1837)

A group of Danish artists gathered in a room in Rome discussing art. The architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll (with fez) is telling about his recent travels in Greece, a country that was unfamiliar territory to most Europeans due to the many years of Turkish occupation. The other artists (and the dog) listen with varying degrees of interest.

Constantin Hansen (1804-1880) was very ambitious when painting this picture. He prepared the painting carefully, painting studies of each participant, and he had his fellow artist Albert Küchler (visible at the painting third from the right) paint a study of himself (Constantin Hansen is sitting on the chair on the left).


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5 comments:

  1. Unusual, a beautiful painting

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  2. A lot of technical preparation before the execution of the actual picture. I wonder what they all learned from the discussion. They don’t look very animated. Perhaps they all rushed off to paint thei own pictures after being inspired!

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  3. The most appreciated Danish artist in Rome is for sure Bertel Thorvaldsen. There is also a very beautiful square entitled to him. I warmly consel everybody to visit the Thorwaldsen Museum in Copenhagen - if you happen to visit this city -, because it is a breath-taking experience to see such giant and awesome sculptures. I had visited this museum in 2000 and - believe me - it is one of the most beautiful memories in my life, even more than the Louvre in Paris or the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

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  4. What a great painting. I think the men on the balcony are the most interesting. The man on the left is the only one not paying attention, but his pose is mirrored by the reflection of the man standing to the right.

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  5. Nice post which The architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll is telling about his recent travels in Greece, a country that was unfamiliar territory to most Europeans due to the many years of Turkish occupation. The other artists listen with varying degrees of interest. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

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