The Glyptotek is a museum of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean as well as Danish and French art from the 19th century. It was the aim of the founder, brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, to enrich his fellow citizens with art of international stature.
Founder Carl Jacobsen believed deeply and sincerely in the pedagogical significance of art. It was his conviction that works of art should not be arranged according to scientific systems, as in a museum, but that they should speak directly to the individual visitor. For this reason he chose to call his collection the Glyptotek which means a repository for sculpture. In this way he emulated his great hero, King Ludwig of Bavaria, who, 50 years before, had created the Glyptotek in Munich which also contains ancient sculpture.
Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914), the founder of the Glyptotek is known as a brewing magnate, a patron of the arts and a passionate art collector. He collected sculpture from many periods but Greek and Roman marble sculpture, as well as that of 19th century France and Denmark became the principal areas of the collection.