The other Golden Age. J.L. Lund and the Dano-German art scene
25 September 2019 - 12 January 2020
Many artists have fallen into oblivion, and the Danish Golden Age painter Johan Ludvig Lund (1777–1867) is among their number. In his capacity as professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, he and C.W. Eckersberg trained the generation of Danish artists we now know as the Golden Age painters. While Eckersberg has become lauded as ‘the father of Danish painting’, few now have heard of Lund, even though he was equally important in his own day as a teacher and as an artist.
With the exhibition The other Golden Age. J.L. Lund and the Dano-German Art Scene, The Hirschsprung Collection revisits this largely forgotten chapter of art history. Here, museum visitors will find works by Lund himself, by his pupils and by his friends in Denmark and Germany. The exhibition shows all facets of Lund’s artistic production, ranging from large history paintings to portraits, altarpieces and landscapes. An excellent chance to see familiar faces and forgotten masters alike – and a timely reminder that the art canon can change over time and is forever being renegotiated.