The collection was founded by Count Otto Thott, who took over Gavnø in 1737. Portraits of the founder can be found amongst the collection as number 675, 676, 677 and 678.
The impressive collection of more than 1,000 paintings represents a wide selection of European art from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, here among the oldest kept portraits of the North, painted approx. 1460.
Northern Europe’s largest private painting collection
The collection of paintings may be divided as follows:
- Older foreign art, among here Netherlands art, copies of Ruben or the school of Ruben, copies of Poussin along with Venetians art
- Family portraits
- Portraits of famous Danish adelsmen and -women
- Portraits of foreign personalities
- Portraits of the Danish royal house
- Portraits of the Swedish royal house
- Historic paintings
Conducted tours are available. A guide with historic descriptions may be purchased at the ticket sale.