Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11-17; Monday closed. Jan. 1, June 5, Dec. 24-25 closed. 

Admission:  Adults 75 DKK. Children free. Sunday free. Non-Flash photography is allowed. 

The founder of the Glyptotek was Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914). He was the brewing magnate and the head of Carlsberg Beer. He was also a patron of the arts, collecting art that he liked. He amassed a large amount of sculpture, especially Greek and Roman marble sculpture, and he had one of the largest collections in Europe. He was also a fan of 19th century art from France and Denmark. The Glyptotek is a museum of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean as well as Danish and French art from the 19th century. Carl Jacobsen wanted to enrich his fellow citizens with art of international stature. The word Glyptotek means a repository for sculpture. Today people from all over the world can enjoy this wonderful museum.  

The present buildings involved three architects, namely Vilhelm Dahlerup, Hack Kampmann, and Henning Larsen, the last being the architect of the addition completed in 1996 to house the French collection. Among the artists included in the French collection are Van Gogh, Gauguin, Signac, Cezanne, David, Toulouse Lautrec, Manet, Bouguereau, Monet, Morisot, and Picasso. There is also a sculpture by Edgar Degas of The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. 

The Winter Garden is a beautiful piece of architecture with a glass roof that allows a lot of light in. There are many trees, plants and flowers in this garden and many interesting pieces of sculpture, like Water Mother, created by the artist Kai Nielsen. There is also a fountain showing a merman, half man and half fish. Beside the Winter Garden one can find a very good bookstore and a cafeteria, called the Café Glyptoteket, and which serves light lunches and cakes.    

What is surprising about the Greek collection is that several pieces of sculpture are painted, just as they were in ancient Greece. Most of the Greek marble sculpture seen today have no color and one has gotten used to that. The colors have faded over time. Seeing the sculptures painted does shock one.

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