0100 A Noble Circle

The Vogue for Collecting Italian Paintings in Denmark 1690-1730

  • Jesper Svenningsen (Author)
    Doctoral candidate at the University of Aarhus and PhD fellow at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen

    Jesper Svenningsen trained as an art historian at the University of Copenhagen (MA, 2010) and is now a PhD fellow at the Danish National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst) and at the University of Aarhus. His research concerns the history of private art collecting in Denmark c. 1690 to 1850. His publications include "The Classification of Drawings in the So-called Rubens' Cantoor" (Master Drawings, 2013) and "Publicly Accessible Art Collections in Copenhagen during the Napoleonic Era" (Journal of the History of Collections, forthcoming).

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This article presents a closer look at an important moment in the history of art collecting in Denmark when Italian art first began to be admired by noble virtuosi. During the last decade of the 17th and first quarter of the 18th century, a number of art collections were formed by young Danish noblemen, most of whom had travelled in the company of Crown Prince Frederik. Due to the very incomplete level of documentation we are now often frustratingly unable to gauge the exact size and contents of these collections. Yet the sources presented in the article do suggest a strong bias towards Italian art, by old masters as well as contemporary painters.


Frederik IV of Denmark, Collecting, Grand Tour, Sebastiano Bombelli, Rosalba Carriera, Italian painting, Italianate taste