Einar Jónsson Museum
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Einar Jónsson Museum information
Einar Jónsson (1874–1954) is Iceland’s foremost sculptor, famous for his intense symbolist works. Chiselled allegories of Hope, Earth, Spring and Death burst from basalt cliffs, weep over naked women, sprout wings and slay dragons. For a taster, the sculpture garden behind the museum is dedicated to the artist and contains 26 bronze casts; they’re particularly effective at dusk. If these appeal to your inner Goth, you’ll find gleaming white-marble sculptures on similar themes inside the museum itself. The building was designed by the artist and contains his austere penthouse flat, with unusual views over the city.