The Danish National Gallery has three main collections The Royal Collection of Painting and Sculpture, The Royal Collection of Graphic Art and The Royal Collection of Plaster Cast.

The Gallery’s collections can be traced back to the 16th century, to King Christian II and the royal collections housed at the Kunstkammer – the Cabinet of Art – at Christiansborg Palace. The Danish monarchs bought and were given works of art from all over Europe. Up until the late 18th century the collections clearly show that most of the artists painting for Danish kings were summoned from abroad. However, the establishment of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the mid-18th century created an environment conducive to a distinctly Danish art; this vein of art first becomes evident in the Gallery’s collection of Danish Golden Age art.

The royal collections became accessible to the public in 1827, i.e. at an early stage of the Golden Age. In 1849 the collections became the sole property of the Danish state as a result of democratic developments and the abolition of absolute monarchy in Denmark. The collections did, however, remain at Christiansborg Palace until the palace fire in 1884, after which they were without a fixed abode for a number of years.

European Art 1300 -1800.

500 years of art history. A treasure trove featuring works by some of the greatest figures from art history, including Mantegna, Cranach, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt and many more.

Danish and Nordic Art 1750 - 1900

From the birth of Danish painting, to the famous painters of the Golden Age, through to the dawn of modernism. We present the museum's large collection of Danish and Nordic art in a new display, where 150 years of art unfolds.

Danish and International Art after 1900

In the modern collection you find the newest art from 1900 to present day, both from Denmark and abroad.

French Art 1900 -1930

The French collection includes some of the museum's most famous works, featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramics by artists including Picasso, Braque, Modigliani Derain and Matisse.

Royal Graphic Art collection

More than half of it consists of drawings, watercolors, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, photographs and other forms of art on paper.

The more than 240,000 works are wide-ranging, from ancient art in 1400s to the latest in contemporary art. The works are exhibited infrequently since they are very light sensitive.

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