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A national collection on the drawing board. Centres for the collection of Danish drawings 1810–45

The idea of having a central collection of Danish drawings first arose back in the first half of the nineteenth century, and the earliest overtures for such a collection continue to have a great impact on our perception of Danish draughtsmanship today.

By Jesper Svenningsen Published December 2017

About Perspective

Perspective is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to research that is of relevance to Danish art. The articles will primarily address art found at Danish museums, and will present research on theory, method or museology based on Danish museum practices.

Girolamo Troppa’s ‘Four portraits of ancient philosophers’

Can Girolamo Troppa’s series be regarded as a visualisation of divine inspiration? And who are the four ‘philosophers’? The article discusses these questions, but also considers Troppa as a colourist and as a virtuoso painter.

A humourist in the shadow of the swastika

How closely connected was Storm P. to the German nationalist movements in the 1930s and 1940s – was he a Nazi sympathiser? The article delves deeply into this controversial question about Denmark’s much-loved artist and humourist – a question first raised in 2008 by the weekly newspaper Weekendavisen.

Message in a Bottle to Systembolaget

Knud Pedersen came up with ideas and always realised them in the same distinctive way: one step at a time. His Systembolaget project began as an exhibition, but ended up as an exercise in making people partake without realising it.

Salvator Rosa’s Democritus and Diogenes in Copenhagen

Can Salvator Rosa’s paintings of Democritus and Diogenes be seen as reflections of the artist’s self-image as a Stoic painter-philosopher and of his endeavour to create sublime art? This complicated matter is elucidated in the present article.

Zinc, Paint loss and Harmony in blue

Degradation problems in Peder Severin Krøyer's paintings and the possible role of zinc white.

Eckersberg's satire on the subject of playing the lottery underwent a significant change from drawing to graphic series; a development that may well have saved him from compromising his career.

The Jew that Disappeared: C.W. Eckersberg and the Realm of Satire

Eckersberg's satire on the subject of playing the lottery underwent a significant change from drawing to graphic series; a development that may well have saved him from compromising his career.

“The Barber Painter”: John Christensen – a cult figure on the interwar art scene

The ‘Barber Painter’ John Christensen went from being a celebrated figure in the Danish art world to being a marginalized character in art history. Here new light is shed on John C. and his role in the art of his time.

For pleasure and for prizes. Danish plein-air painting of the 1820s

The introduction of plein-air painting in Denmark in the 1820s is traditionally attributed Eckersberg, but in fact students at the art academy were behind the initiative to paint outdoors.