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Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, 1783-1853

November 23, 2003 – February 29, 2004
East Building, Upper Level, North Bridge

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, View of the Cloaca Maxima, Rome, 1814, oil on canvas, Gift of Victoria and Roger Sant, 2004.75.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This exhibition of 51 paintings by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg traced the artist's career and featured landscapes, nautical scenes, and portraits. It was the first exhibition devoted exclusively to works by the artist outside his native Denmark. The exhibition marked the 150th anniversary of the artist's death and was part of a Danish cultural festival in Washington, DC.

A special series of lectures given by the directors of Copenhagen's four major art museums complemented the exhibition. Related activities included two film series, New Cinema of Denmark and Danish Silent Films at the National Gallery.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, and the Royal Danish Embassy, Washington. The curators were Philip Conisbee, senior curator of European painting at the National Gallery, and Kasper Monrad, chief curator, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

Sponsor: Support for the exhibition was provided by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik's Fund, The Danish Ministry of Culture, Lockheed Martin, Augustinus Foundation, Bikuben Foundation, Scandinavian Airlines System, GoupIVFalck and The Wackenhut Corporation, Beckett Foundation, and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Support for the catalogue was provided by The Honorable Edward E. Elson and Mrs. Elson.

Attendance: 56,135

Catalog: Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg: 1783-1853, by Philip Conisbee, Kasper Monrad, and Lene Bøgh Rønberg. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2003.