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  • Clemens Metternich A234 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project Luk Bertel Thorvaldsen Other names Bertel Albert Alberto Thorvaldsen Born 19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives Clemens Metternich 1819 Marble 61 cm Inventory number A234 Enlarge photo The Austrian nobleman and foreign minister of the Austrian Hungarian Empire Clemens von Metternich 1773 1859 was portrayed by Thorvaldsen in Rome in 1819 on the request and order of Metternich himself Due to unknown reasons the marble version of the sculpture never made it to the orderer and today is in the Thorvaldsens Museum along with Thorvaldsen s original model for the bust Thorvaldsen created more than 170 portrait busts in all Citizens and nobility kings and tsars popes and politicians close friends and artists They all modelled for the world famous artist Among the more famous was Clemens Metternich leader of the Viennese Congress 1814 15 where stability in Europe was to be re established and new national borders were to be drawn after the Napoleonic Wars Thorvaldsen has portrayed the aristocratic and clear sighted man of state with authority and breadth of view but also with presence Til

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  • Ganymede with Jupiter's Eagle A44 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Crosscuts Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project Luk Bertel Thorvaldsen Other names Bertel Albert Alberto Thorvaldsen Born 19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives Ganymede with Jupiter s Eagle 1817 Marble 93 3 x 118 3 cm Inventory number A44 Enlarge photo Search the work in The Archives In Greek mythology the boy Ganymede was carried up into the sky to the home of the gods on Olympus to be the gods taster According to legend it was Zeus in the shape of an eagle who took the beautiful boy from Phrygia in the north western part of Asia Minor Turkey The effect of Thorvaldsen s sculpture is created mostly by the contrast between the smooth skin of the boy and his trusting nature which is juxtaposed by the detailed rendering of the eagle s feathers its harsh look and its sharp beak Ganymede was to take the place of Hebe as the taster of the gods because she spilled the drink the nectar that made the gods immortal Thorvaldsen modelled the group sculpture in 1817 and it exists in several marble copies Til top

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  • Briseis and Achilles A489 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Other names Bertel Albert Alberto Thorvaldsen Born 19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives Briseis and Achilles 1865 Executed by Georg Christian Freund under the supervision of H W Bissen after the original plaster model 1803 inv no A490 Marble 114 x 239 cm Inventory number A489 Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives The relief depicts an episode from the beginning of the antique Greek poet Homer s grand poem the Iliad which tells the story of the Greek ten year siege of Troy During a raid in the area around Troy the Greek kidnapped women which the warriors then divided amongst them The powerful King Agamemnon had Chryseis and Achilles had Briseis The gods however forced Agamemnon to let Chryseis go which he only reluctantly did on the condition that he instead would have Achilles Briseis The relief shows the handing over of Briseis Achilles who is seen cornered to the far left has to yield to the superior power but his anger or pain is expressed by his tense and for Thorvaldsen atypical posture According to the Iliad Achilles from then on refused to take part

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  • Bertel Thorvaldsen with the Statue of Hope A771 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    about the artist in The Archives Bertel Thorvaldsen with the Statue of Hope 1859 Executed by H W Bissen after the original plaster model 1 October 1839 inv no Nysø1 Marble 198 cm Inventory number A771 Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives Thorvaldsen has chosen to portray himself in a work situation We see him engaged on completing The Goddess of Hope on which he is leaning But just at this moment he is taking a rest and has lowered his tools And then he has turned away from the statue We cannot know what he is looking at but we can of course make a guess Perhaps he has had a momentary doubt as to how some detail should be carved It may be that he is doing something as basic as studying the plaster model of the goddess in order to find the answer to some question or some doubt It might also be that he is making a more general attempt in his mind s eye to conjure up the idea of the Goddess of Hope At all events his expression is one of such concentration that he appears fraught almost grim But this

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  • Priam Pleads with Achilles for Hector's Body A775 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Bertel Thorvaldsen Other names Bertel Albert Alberto Thorvaldsen Born 19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives Priam Pleads with Achilles for Hector s Body 1868 1870 Executed by Georg Christian Freund under the supervision of C C Peters after Thorvaldsen s original plaster model 1815 inv no A492 Marble 96 0 x 198 5 cm Inventory number A775 Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives During the siege of Troy Achilles friend Patrocles was killed by Hector the Trojan king Priam s son As revenge Achilles therefore killed Hector The relief depicts how the old king Priam begs Achilles on his knees to turn over the body of his son The relief is unique with its rhythm of the three figures on the left that like in a filmic sequence ends in the kneeling figure of Priam and also the distance physically and mentally which exists between the elevated Greek hero and the old king The themes of the relief are on a general level humility and mercifulness Achilles in the end gives in to the plea of the father and hands

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  • C.W. Eckersberg A788 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Crosscuts Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project Luk Bertel Thorvaldsen Other names Bertel Albert Alberto Thorvaldsen Born 19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives C W Eckersberg 1816 Marble 53 5 cm Inventory number A788 Enlarge photo Search the work in The Archives In 1813 the painter C W Eckersberg 1783 1853 came to Rome on his grand educational journey He moved into the boarding house in via Sistina where Thorvaldsen lived The following year he painted the portrait of his famous countryman Bertel Thorvaldsen and when he was to leave the city in 1816 to travel home to Denmark Thorvaldsen returned the favour by modelling a bust of Eckersberg This marble version of the bust was given to the museum in 1883 as a present from Eckersberg s daughters Eckersberg is portrayed with all the uprightness and honesty that also his contemporaries attributed to him As a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen Eckersberg taught the generation of Danish artists who created the art of the Danish Golden Age in the first half of the 1800s Til top Opening

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  • Christ A82 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Bertel Thorvaldsen Other names Bertel Albert Alberto Thorvaldsen Born 19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives Christ 1821 Plaster 345 cm Inventory number A82 Works relating to this work Thorvaldsen Christ 1839 marble version The Church of Our Lady Copenhagen Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives Thorvaldsen s sculpture depicting Christ was one of his most popular works It was originally ordered by Slotsbygningskommissionen the commission for building castles to stand in the Castle Church at Christiansborg Palace but later while Thorvaldsen was in Copenhagen in 1819 20 it was decided to instead place it in the apsis the southernmost end of Vor Frue Kirke the Church of Our Lady by the high alter Later the statue was copied in numerous casts and different sizes and was placed in the houses of worship of several different religions in the U S and Europe In a smaller size it could also be found in several Danish village churches The sculpture depicts the resurrected Christ revealing himself to the congregation with marks on his hands and feet from the

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  • Jason with the Golden Fleece A822 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    19 11 1770 Died 24 03 1844 Nationality dansk Read about the artist in The Archives Jason with the Golden Fleece 1803 Marble 242 cm Inventory number A822 Works relating to this work Thorvaldsen Jason with the Golden Fleece formerly in the Thorvaldsen Museum now in the City Hall of Copenhagen Executed by Brynjulf Larsen Bergslien under the supervision of H W Bissen Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives This sculpture is Thorvaldsen s breakthrough work begun in Rome in 1802 finished in plaster and ordered in marble by the rich English patron of the arts Thomas Hope in 1803 Jason is a prince from Classical Mythology In order to become king he has to get a golden ram fleece guarded by a dangerous dragon in a far away grove The sculpture depicts him proud in the moment where he has managed to get the fleece and now returns home to his kingdom Thorvaldsen s contemporaries recognised that with this sculpture new life had successfully been given to Antiquity and thus the belief in the free man had been re established As such Thorvaldsen s Jason marks the threshold to the 1800s when western representative democracies saw

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/A822 (2015-09-25)
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