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Daily Art - "A Group of Danish Artists in Rome"

2021-11-12
A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, 1837, by Constantin Hansen, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Denmark
A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, 1837, by Constantin Hansen, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Denmark

A group of Danish artists are gathered in a room in Rome and they are discussing art. Speaking from the floor, the architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll (1800-1856) relates the experiences of his recent travels in Greece, a country that was unfamiliar territory to most Europeans at the time due to the many years of Ottoman occupation. The other artists listen with varying degrees of interest and attention.

From the left the artists depicted are: the artist himself, Bindesbøll, Martinus Rørbye (1803-1848), Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873), Küchler, Ditlev Blunck (1798-1853), and Jørgen Sonne (1801-1890). 

Constantin Hansen was very ambitious when he created this painting (1837). He let himself be inspired by Renaissance depictions of artists, transforming them to suit the ideals of his own era.