Pictures from a new perspective are shown in the National Gallery of Denmark

A completely new perspective of painting decided to show its visitors the National Gallery of Denmark. The curators of the museum turned some of the works "face" to the wall to show their opposite side. A new exhibition called “The Other Side” is timed to the Golden Days festival and its theme “The B-sides of History”.The National Gallery of Denmark very literally embraced the theme of the festival “Golden Days” this year. The “B-sides of History” are all that is hidden, things that are not visible at first glance. At this exhibition, the museum turned selected paintings, allowing visitors to view their reverse and explore the stories that are hidden there.
  • The reverse side of Richard Mortensen's "Woman and Birds" (1937). National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
  • The front side of Richard Mortensen's "Woman and Birds" (1937). National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
Some of the reverse sides demonstrate works that artists began to write earlier, or the first versions of paintings that did not satisfy the authors, prompting those to turn the surface and start all over again. There may be coats of arms, telling about the previous owners of the work, or signs of restoration and conservation.
Having turned the picture of the Dutch painter Peter Cornelis van Slingeland “Girl with a parrot”, one can see that the oak panel is covered with a primer and a thin layer of brown pigment - as if this side were facing. In those days, artists often did this with their best works in order to stabilize them.The “Girl with a Parrot” panel (XVII century) by Peter Cornelis van Slingeland from the collection of the National Gallery of Denmark, which was previously attributed to Gerrit DowThere is also a small red wax seal left by an unknown collector. In the upper part of the shield, crowned with a horse's head, there are two crescents, and in the lower part is a bird. Heraldry experts believe that this is the British coat of arms of the late XVIII - early XIX centuries.The print on the back of Peter Cornelis van Slingeland's painting A Girl with a Parrot. Photo: Danish National Gallery The exhibition includes 54 works created from about 1400 to the present day. Among them is a special masterpiece from the collections of the National Gallery, perhaps the first picture in the history of art with two reverse sides.
Around 1670, the Flemish artist Cornelis Nobertus Gisbreghts created “Trompley. The reverse side of the picture in the frame. On its face is the reverse of the picture - a canvas attached to a stretcher with blue carnations. The artist also wrote a small piece of paper with a handwritten inventory number, which looks like it was attached with red wax.Trompley. The reverse side of the picture in a frameCornelis Norbertus Gisbrechts1672, 66.4 × 87 cmThis work can be taken for the product of minimalism or mass art of the XX century. However, as indicated in the title, this is a trompley, that is, a picture that should deceive the viewer with its absolute realism. Art: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
According to the materials of the official website of the National Gallery of Denmark