NY Carlsberg Glyptotek (Carlsberg Collection)
Thu: 11 AM to 10 PM
An unsurpassable collection of antiquities and 19th-century French and Danish paintings donated to Copenhagen in 1897 by scions of the Carlsberg brewing dynasty. The ancient sculpture is gathered from Egypt, Greece, and Rome and is wonderfully laid out to a backdrop of strong greens, blues, and red in two airy neoclassical galleries built around a charming covered and palm-filled courtyard garden. Make a point of seeing the gilded sarcophagus of Aurelia Kyrelia (300AD), the impassive head of Roman goddess Juno (she’s had a nose job), and the evocative Greek statue of an actress holding the head of Dionysus, dating from 200AD. Helge Carlsberg’s collection of Danish and French art hangs well in Henning Larsen’s (who also built the controversial new Opera House) minimalist gallery extension, added in 1996 and flooded through with natural light. Highlights include Van Gogh’s stark 1889 Landscape from Saint-Remy, several of Gauguin’s Tahitian women, and a series of Degas’ cute ballet-dancer bronzes. There’s a delicious but fiendishly expensive café in the palm-filled Winter Garden.