An architectural glass dome seen from under
“Dôme”, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, København, 2009.

The dome of the Winter garden in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. This garden is a very nice place to sit and enjoy the plants and artworks.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek house the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, a member of the powerful Carlsberg family (think about bier if you don’t see who they are). In 1888 he donated this collection to the City of Copenhagen, at the condition they built a museum for it, and so was the Glyptotek built.

With the time, Carl Jacobsen gave more artworks to the museum, especially Antiques, and so the Glyptotek was gradually extended. It’s today the home of more than ten thousands artworks.

The most interesting parts of those are the Etruscan and the French collection. The former is the largest outside Italy and is very interesting, because Etruscan art isn’t usually very well known and very difficult to see if you don’t live in Italy. The latter is centred around French sculptors and painters from the 19th century, like Rodin, Carpeaux, Monet, Gauguin, etc.. It is also the largest collection of French 19th century art outside France, the Rodin and Degas collection especially are among the most complete ones, and thus give a nearly complete insight of the life and art of those artists.

So in my opinion, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a must see in Copenhagen. A complete afternoon is the minimum to plan if you want to visit it correctly, I think.

Tools and exifs:

  • Kodak Easyshare ZD710
  • 6mm (=38mm with FF sensor)
  • 1/250 s.
  • f/2.8
  • ISO 64

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