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Art in the Making. From idea to masterpiece – An exhibition about artistic creation.

How is a work of art made? How does an artist progress from the initial idea to the finished masterpiece? That is the question addressed by this winter’s major exhibition at SMK.

Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, Nicolai Abildgaard, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Christen Købke, P.S. Krøyer and many more. You can examine the works and methods of some of the greatest figures of art history in this winter’s major special exhibition at SMK.

The exhibition delves into the methods used by various artists, giving you rare insight into the artistic process right from the initial ideas to the fully finished work. A stellar selection of major masterpieces accompanied by rarely-seen sketches and studies allows you to trace the artists’ works and methods, exploring why and how these works ended up looking as they do.

More than 150 drawings, prints and paintings from the 15th to the 20th century enable you to scrutinise the links between sketches and finished art works, exploring how artistic creativity has unfolded itself in different ways through the ages.


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