Danish Master of Light

This exhibition in the National Gallery in Edinburgh brings together the most exhaustive selection of paintings by Christen Købke (1810-1848) ever to be shown outside Denmark. Købke was a pre-eminent painter in his country and one of the foremost talents of Denmark’s Golden Age, when Denmark faced difficult economic, diplomatic and political times. The exhibition features around 40 of Købke’s most celebrated works, spanning a variety of genres. Giving an overview of Købke’s achievement within its cultural context, the exhibition emphasises his exquisite originality and experimental outlook while focusing on the most innovative aspects of his work. Købke’s paintings demonstrate his ability to endow ordinary people and places and simple motifs with a universal significance, creating a world in microcosm for the viewer.