The Golden Age of Denmark

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The first half of the 19th century was a period of creative production for Denmark. It was a time when the arts took on a new life of creativity after the country suffered from fires, bombardment, and national bankruptcy. It was known as the Golden Age of Denmark. Lasting up until about 1850, it took a while a longer for someone to pen the term “Golden Age” in relation to Denmark. Danish philosopher Valdemar Vedel was the first one to use the term to describe what is acknowledged as the richest period in the country’s cultural history.

A number of cultural institutions, associations, and organizations have made it possible for people of today to see a glimpse of this interesting period. This is through conducting activities and shows that feature pictorial art, dramatic performances, ballet and musical concerts, relating to the period 1800-1850. There are also prepared virtual walks which makes it possible to experience Denmark during this period through an electronic visit. Actual visits can likewise be arranged.

The notable names that rose to prominence during the Golden Age include Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Wilhelm Bendz, Constantin Hansen. Christen Købke, Wilhelm Marstrand, and Martinus Rørbye, all in the field of painting. Bertel Thorvaldsen, Hermann Ernst Freund, and Herman Wilhelm Bissen all made their mark in sculpture. The world of architecture benefitted from the likes of Christian Frederik Hansen, Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll, Andreas Hallander, and Johan Martin Quist.  

Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, Hans Christian Lumbye, Niels Gade, and August Bournonville, did their part for music. Hans Christian Andersen rose to fame for his fairytales while Hans Christian Ørsted accomplished the same in science. 



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