The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873): Adam and Eve

Portraits of the artist during various times in his life.


I was browsing through auction archives this morning and ran across this beautiful Adam and Eve painting by the Danish painter Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873) and thought I would share it with you. Wilhelm Marstrand was a well known Danish instrument maker, inventor, and artist who was active during what has been described as "The Golden Age of Danish Painting." He studied at Copenhagen's Metropolitan School but books just did not do it for him. A family friend and painter, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, also a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, recommended a career in art. At age 16, Mastrand began his studies in art under the tutelage of Eckersburg from 1826 to 1833. He later became a renowned history painter, demonstrating grand classical themes from mythology and history. He went on to be named Chancellor of the Art Academy. During the later years of his life he turned to religious themes.



Here is just a small sampling of his many works:


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