Nicolai Abildgaard / Exhibition at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
Kuppelsaal and Room 118
Nicolai Abildgaard. The Artist Who Taught Friedrich and Runge
Exhibition : 6 March >14 June 2009
For the first time in Germany, the exhibition presents 100 works by the Danish neoclassical and Romantic artist Nicolai Abildgaard (1743–1809).
Nicolai Abildgaard (1743 – 1809)
Der verwundete Philoctetes, 1774-1775
Öl auf Leinwand, 123 x 175,5 cm
© Statens Museum for Kunst, Kopenhagen
Abildgaard was Denmark’s first important history painter; he was, however, expressly critical of absolutism. As a professor at the Art Academy in Copenhagen he exerted a great influence on many of his pupils, including Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge. Abildgaard’s paintings, which were influenced as much by the poems of Ossian as by antiquity, reflect the time of new departures and disruptions around 1800. Organised in cooperation with the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the exhibition reveals the thematic complexity of Abildgaard’s paintings and drawings, and places particular emphasis on the innovative and politically reformist aspects of his work, awareness of which has grown considerably as a result of recent research.
- © Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Images © Statens Museum for Kunst, Kopenhagen