Danish Golden Age painting — David Jackson

In this talk, art historian David Jackson discusses the role of the visual arts in Denmark during the first half of the 19th century, a period of exceptional creative production.

Alongside such well known writers as Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard, artists such as Christoffer Eckersberg and Christen Købke turned their attention to the people, traditions, and customs of their land, as the nation advanced from absolute monarchy to democratic rule. In the process, they captured the vibrancy of an era of innovation and cultural richness.

Professor Jackson will introduce his new book 'Danish Golden Age Painting', a pioneering new contribution to 19th-century art history studies. He will focus on the role of painting within the cultural, social and intellectual life of an extraordinary place and time, that plucked from the ruins of the Napoleonic Wars a remarkable cultural renaissance

About the speaker

David Jackson is Professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art Histories in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He has published widely in these fields and curated major exhibitions. Amongst his many publications are Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light, Nordic Art. The Modern Breakthrough (1860–1921) and Romanticism in the North: from Friedrich to Turner. His latest book Danish Golden Age Painting was published by Yale in 2021.

Booking information

This is a free online talk, hosted by The National Gallery on Zoom.

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Christen Købke, View of Lake Sortedam from Dosseringen Looking towards Nørrebro, Copenhagen, 1838. Oil on canvas, 53 x 71.5 cm. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.