Glyptoteket’s collection consists primarily of works of art and archaeological objects from Ancient Egypt, the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome, Etruscan Culture, as well as Danish and French art of the 19th century.
The collection of ancient sculpture includes an extensive collection of Ancient Greek and Roman portrait heads as well as a large collection of Palmyrene portraits. The modern part of the collection includes French sculpture from the 19th century – featuring a significant selection of works by Auguste Rodin – and French painting from 1800 to 1950, with Impressionism and Paul Gauguin as the absolute stars, plus a collection of Danish Golden Age Art. The greater proportion of the collection forms part of the museum’s permanent exhibitions, though there are, also, temporary special exhibitions which help to develop a perspective on the museum’s collection with the aid of works on loan.
The daily work of conserving Glyptotek’s collection is undertaken by the museum’s conservators, who also contribute with museum activity and the handling of the museum’s many works of art.
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Information concerning the works in the Glyptotek can be found in the major Danish national databases Museernes Samlinger and Kunstindex Danmark, which are administered by The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.
In addition to these the Glyptotek has just concluded work on a comprehensive and profusely illustrated series of catalogues begun in 1995. The last catalogue in the series of 40 books came out in April 2017.