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On 7th June, 2006, Denmark has issued a set of three stamps and a souvenir sheet in celebration of the centenary of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. The Glyptotek was founded by the Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen and named after his brewery, Ny Carlsberg.

Carl Jacobsen built up one of the largest private art collections of his day, containing French and Danish art, as well as works from the Ancient Mediterranean collections. To safeguard the future of his collection, Jacobsen and his wife Ottilia bequeathed it to the nation and placed it under the direct management of the City of Copenhagen and the Danish State.

The Glyptotek consists of four buildings, all specially designed to display the works of art. The oldest wing (the so-called Winter Garden) was designed by the architect Vilhelm Dahlerup to house Jacobsen's collection of Danish and French art, and was inaugurated in 1897. Building work came to an end in 1906 when the architect Hack Kampmann's building for the antique collection and Dahlerup's Winter Garden were completed. A further wing, designed by the architect Henning Larsen, was added in 1996 to house the collection of French painting.

Denmark 2006. Centenary of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Grave Relief, Greece, c. 330 BC. , Dome of the Winter Garden by Vilhelm Dahlerup, and Dancer by Edgar Degas, c. 1900.
  • Denmark 2006. Centenary of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

    • Grave Relief, Greece, c. 330 BC.

    • Dome of the Winter Garden, by Vilhelm Dahlerup 1906.

    • Dancer, by Edgar Degas, c. 1900.

Denmark 2006. Souvenir sheet. The centenary of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

  • Denmark 2006. Souvenir sheet of the above three stamps.

The Glyptotek now houses the biggest collection in North Europe of ancient art, in particular sculpture from Egypt, Greece, Italy and the Near East. The museum is also home to an exquisite collection of French and Danish art from the 19th and 20th centuries, including a large collection of works by Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, and Edouard Degas.

Stamp design: Jacob Kühnel.
Engraving: Arne Kühlmann.
Printing: Intaglio/Offset.
Information from the official presentation pack.

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