The Royal Cast Collection
Discover all sorts of sculptures and reliefs from collections, museums, temples, churches and public places in the western world. The exhibition is in the old warehouse Vestindisk Pakhus by the harbor and gives you an introduction to the history of sculpture until the 1600s.
At The Royal Cast Collection you get close to the casts of major works from antiquity to the renaissance: Egyptian kings and mythical beasts, ancient gods, Roman emperors and athletes. There are designs from the Christian imagery in casts from medieval Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals. Here you get the opportunity to study in great detail an equestrian statue at eye level, portrait busts and Michelangelo’s masterpieces.
4000 years of art history
The exhibition was founded in the late 1800s with the purpose of providing public access to world art. To this day it is still possible to experience the world of art when the visitor walks among the 2000 casts, which together provide a glimpse into 4000 years of art history from around 2500 BCE to 1600. The impressive collection is made of plaster and some of the casts are now in better condition than the original. Some works are even made in bronze, for example Michelangelo’s David and it is also possible to experience original works inspired by the older classics. The Royal Cast Collection also shows glimpses of contemporary art with sculptures by artists like Bjørn Nørgaard.
A place for contemplation
The Royal Cast Collection is an obvious place to be inspired. Bring pen and paper and borrow a folding chair, so you can let your thoughts wonder and take the time to study and draw. In the collection you can find sculptures like Venus de Milo from the 2nd century BCE, whose original marble sculpture is on display at Louvre in Paris and Michelangelo Pietá from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.