A visit to the Glyptotek in Copenhagen

I recently revisited the Glyptotek in Copenhagen to experience their newly opened ‘Amarna – City of the Sun God’ exhibition. I have read extensively on this specific period of ancient Egypt and always welcome the opportunity to see the ancient artefacts from this lost city.

Poster for the Glyptotek's Amarna exhibit

I brought my trusty Nikon Z7II camera and using the FTZ adapter to attach a Sigma 35mm Art 1.4 lens. In this post you can read more about the Amarna period, the Glyptotek and see my photos from the various exhibitions.

The Amarna period

The Amarna period in ancient Egypt, lasting from 1353 to 1336 BC, was a time of significant religious and political change. Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled during this time, abolished the traditional polytheistic religion and introduced a new monotheistic religion centered around the worship of the sun disk, the Aten. A new capital city, Akhetaten (now known as Amarna), was built where Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti were buried. This period is also known for its distinctive art style, which featured a new realism and a focus on the human form.

In Glyptotek’s exhibition, parts of the lost city are brought to life with recreations of a temple wall, a column in a chapel and a palace floor. Photos, drawings, and a 3d animated video provide an insight into life in the magnificent city.

Statue of Akhenaten - Taken with a Nikon Z7II + Sigma 35mm Art 1.4
Taken with a Nikon Z7II + Sigma 35mm Art 1.4
Taken with a Nikon Z7II + Sigma 35mm Art 1.4

You can read more about the exhibition ‘Amarna – City of the Sun God’ on The Glyptotek’s website here.

The Glyptotek

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located near the city center and is known for its collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, as well as a large collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. The museum also features a beautiful winter garden. It was founded by the brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1888.

Taken with a Nikon Z7II + Sigma 35mm Art 1.4 (ISO800, F5.6, 1/60)

There are plenty of opportunities to take great photos in the Glyptotek’s various exhibitions. I only had a few hours, so I focused on the period of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Read more about the Glyptotek and their exhibitions on the website www.glyptoteket.com