The Hall of Antiquities at Charlottenborg Palace, Copenhagen

Adam August Müller Danish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

A young watchman’s casual lack of self-awareness contrasts with the stiff formality of plaster casts made from Greek and Roman sculptures. These galleries in Charlottenborg Palace, seat of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, provided students like Müller with models from antiquity as the basis for learning to draw. On the tablet in the foreground is a faint rendering of the statue of the standing Isis, opposite, a sign of the artist’s presence.

The Hall of Antiquities at Charlottenborg Palace, Copenhagen, Adam August Müller (Danish, Copenhagen 1811–1844 Copenhagen), Oil on canvas

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