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  • Thorvaldsen's ancient lamps - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Thorvaldsen s collection of ancient gold jewellery contains splendid examples of the sophisticated filigree technique of ancient times which the Etruscans mastered to perfection The largest collection of signet stones in Scandinavia in cornelian amethyst and garnet also forms part of the collection As a signet stone leaves a personal stamp the individual motif is always the object of careful consideration by the owner As a result of this the signet stones bring visitors close to the figures of ancient times in quite a different way from that of so many other relics from classical antiquity Lamps The oil lamp already had a long history behind it when it was turned into a truly image bearing medium during the imperial age of Rome And from then on there was no limit to the desire to allow the lamps to tell stories of all kinds ranging from the adventures of the gods to the most banal events of everyday life It is precisely these everyday accounts of which Thorvaldsens Museum has such a great number Antique oil lamp Masks Masks are the third element in the exhibition and also function as a theme which binds the exhibition together For masks of all kinds appear in antiquity sometimes in the most surprising contexts and so of course also as decorations on jewellery and lamps Masks were used in ancient times both to avert evil and as part of a cult especially the cult of the god of wine Dionysus Bacchus From that a line can be drawn from the ancient theatre to that of our own day where the symbol for the theatre itself is a group of juxtaposed comic and tragic masks Roman slave mask Thorvaldsen the collector Thorvaldsen s Collection of Antiquities does not only tell stories about Antiquity It

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2-1-thorvaldsens-ancient-jewellery-lamps-and-masks (2015-09-25)
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  • Thorvaldsen Revisited - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Thorvaldsen s apartments and studios in Rome Guests of the world renowned artist included not only his clients but also numerous art enthusiasts of the period And their destination was not just the sculptor s studios Thorvaldsen s private apartment with its vast collection of art was also recognized as one of Rome s attractions Just as Thorvaldsen s residence close to the Piazza Barberini had seven rooms so too

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/thorvaldsen-revisited (2015-09-25)
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  • outward bound - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    often chose not only to portray the same monuments they also chose to do so from almost exactly the same vantage points And the hordes of camera carrying tourists who have inflicted themselves on the Eternal City from the 1960s to the present day follow the artists footsteps and repeat the procedure The picture of Rome was and remains a stereotype that the tourists do not want to see changed in any way On the contrary the point for tourists is that the city in their photographs should as far as possible look as it always has done giving them a feeling of having gained their own little share of the aura of eternity possessed by the city Monte Pincio Photo Søren Lose The exhibition Lose himself went on a four month Grand Tour of Rome in 2004 and has since then been in Italy several times to work on the exhibition project for Thorvaldsens Museum By hanging tourist photos and his own works together with the paintings in the Museum collection and through the dialogue arising between these works Lose turned time and space into fluid entities and suspended the relationship between place and chronology Rome is the same the fascination is the same Only the cast is different So the specific nature of the locations was linked not only to Thorvaldsen s collection of paintings but also to every single gallery in the collection and even to individual works Lose s desire to exhibit in Thorvaldsens Museum is due to Bertel Thorvaldsen being the Danish visitor to Rome par excellence He spent over 40 years 1797 1838 in the city and when he returned to Copenhagen he brought with him not only an impressive collection of paintings with motifs from Rome but also a major collection of classical

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/outward-bound-abroad-homeward-bound (2015-09-25)
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  • Rasponi - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    a new name to one of Thorvaldsen s works so this was something of an occasion From English Sir to Italian Signor Thorvaldsen made a portrait bust of a middle aged gentleman in Rome about 1818 The original plaster model of the bust is in Thorvaldsens Museum and in her great work on Thorvaldsen s portrait busts from 1963 65 the late professor of art history Else Kai Sass suggested with great reservation that the 1818 portrait bust might well represent the English baron Sir Francis Basset of Dunstanville 1747 1821 According to the sources Sir Francis had commissioned a portrait bust of himself in Rome in 1818 However in autumn 2000 Thorvaldsens Museum suddenly received a letter from the museum of fine arts in Ravenna the Museo d Arte della Cittá di Ravenna which was to turn out to be very interesting indeed In Ravenna they had just received a donation in the form of a marble bust bearing a carved inscription Cristino Rasponi And there was no denying that the bust looked very much like a work by Thorvaldsen Of course the letter was accompanied by a photograph and it suddenly became clear to the museum that our Sir Basset in reality was and always had been Signor Rasponi The portrait bust had always been in the possession of the Rasponi family Are there any references to Christino Rasponi in the museum archives So far it has not been possible to find references to the Italian count and politician Cristino Rasponi 1776 1845 in Thorvaldsens Museum s vast archives Nor has it been possible in Ravenna to link the sculptor model and portrait bust together on the basis of written sources So it is unclear when and in what circumstances Thorvaldsen executed the bust of Rasponi It also

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/a-rediscovered-portrait-bust (2015-09-25)
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  • Hans Christian Andersen - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    a record of half a century written down in unassuming school exercise books and in the university s Writing and Travelling Calendar known as his almanacs which today are to be found in the Manuscript Department in the Royal Library of Copenhagen The exhibition showed a man s daily preoccupation with writing and reading and it showed that reading and writing is a special way of relating to life even if you are not perfect at spelling and grammar Isabell Allende and Tony Wedgewood read from the diaries The diaries and the almanacs were exhibited in a fairytale showcase inspired by Andersen s own paper cuttings The showcase was surrounded by a series of specially designed chairs In these chairs you could listen to readings from the diaries in Danish and English and from a selection of fairy tales in altogether nine different languages The readers included the authors Isabel Allende and Vincenzo Cerami the Andersen scholar Marc Auchet the composer Dan Marmorstein and the actors Maria Stenz Niels Skousen and Tony Wedgewood Thorvaldsen was Hans Christian Andersen s mentor friend and reader It was quite natural for Thorvaldsens Museum to take part in the Andersen celebrations Bertel Thorvaldsen was of crucial importance to his work as he helped Andersen get through a serious writing crisis in Rome 1833 34 Thorvaldsen understood Andersen in a way that no one else had done and it was also Thorvaldsen who opened Andersen s eyes to visual art Throughout his life Thorvaldsen remained Andersen s mentor friend and reader The H C Andersen abc Foundation combatting illiteracy The exhibition also marked the establishment of the H C Andersen abc Foundation which in Andersen s name is aimed at combatting illiteracy From September 8 to October 21 the exhibition was displayed in Paris where

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/writing-is-an-act-of-love (2015-09-25)
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  • Bournonville - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Bournonville was dancing across the stage of the Royal Danish Theatre and the Copenhagen middle class was organising excursions for open air dancing People were interested in dancing as never before and so Thorvaldsens Museum therefore mounted a special exhibition with its focus on dance as portrayed in Danish painting and sculpture from the period 1750 1850 The 200th anniversary of August Bournonville The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the ballet dancer and choreographer August Bournonville 1805 1879 and so ballet was a central feature of the exhibition However the dances for that time s social occasions were also included the polka the waltz and the Roman folk dance the saltarello are all portrayed by artists like Thorvaldsen Eckersberg Marstrand etc And Hans Christian Andersen one of the others with a 200th birthday in 2005 added his contribution to the exhibition with selected collages A voyage of discovery in the Danish Golden Age universe With dance painting and sculpture the exhibition Everything dances believe my Word gave the public ample opportunity to go on a voyage of discovery in this region of the fascinating Danish Golden Age universe The exhibition was arranged by the Director of

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/everything-dances-believe-my-word (2015-09-25)
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  • The ancient myths - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    origin of the world the nature of the divine or war and love This is why far later periods have also considered these tales of the world and its interconnections relevant and throughout the ages the myths have been favourite subjects in art This is reflected in many works in the Thorvaldsens Museum collections and the tour takes you through Thorvaldsen s private collection of antiquities his own works and

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/crosscuts/the-ancient-myths (2015-09-25)
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  • The top of the body - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    The Archives Crosscuts Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project The top of the body Sculptures masks busts paintings and ancient objects from Thorvaldsen s collections Everywhere there are heads that fascinate and surprise us and capture our imaginations Start the tour Maria Fjodorovna Barjatinskaja Portrait of Thorvaldsen Ida Brun Death mask of Ercole Consalvi Ercole Consalvi Canopic jar Bronze statuette Til top Opening Hours

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/crosscuts/the-top-of-the-body (2015-09-25)
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