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  • Sheet for Miss Kurtzhals' Album Dep.19 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    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 Sheet for Miss Kurtzhals Album 1794 Pen ink and watercolour on paper 146 x 149 mm Inventory number Dep 19 Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives Sophie Amalie Kurtzhals was Thorvaldsen s girl friend in Copenhagen from around 1794 until he left the city to go to Rome in the autumn of 1796 She wrote a farewell greeting in his album on 5 June 1796 wishing him a safe journey and asking him never to forget his friends in Denmark especially not his friend Sophie Amalie Kurtzhals In addition to this the museum archives contain a letter from Thorvaldsen to her in which he apologises for arriving too late at a rendezvous with her And further evidence of the relationship between the two is provided by this drawing which Thorvaldsen made in Miss Kurtzhals album In it the girl s name is wreathed in roses and her beauty is praised in the text on the stone below Sophie Amalie who is so beautiful that it is impossible to paint

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  • The Reading Couple Dep.20 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Pencil and brown watercolour on paper 135 x 104 mm Inventory number Dep 20 Enlarge photo Download We do not know whom Thorvaldsen was portraying in this early drawing made in Copenhagen before he left for Rome during the autumn of 1796 It might naturally be imagined that a drawing of this kind which seems neither to have been made as an illustration for some literary or mythological material nor

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  • Cupid with the Butterfly Dep.7 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    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 Cupid with the Butterfly 1805 1810 Carbonpencil hightened with white on ligth brown paper 421 x 333 mm Inventory number Dep 7 Enlarge photo Download Search the work in The Archives This quite large painting like drawing represents the god of love Cupid standing in a landscape with a butterfly on his left hand This is one of several almost identical drawings that Thorvaldsen occasionally presented as gifts to those who were close to him One person to receive such a drawing was a young woman Fanny Caspars with whom Thorvaldsen became infatuated in 1819 For thousands of years the butterfly has been seen as an image of the soul and its immortality And Cupid is represented as a figure that pursues and sometimes torments the soul in the very shape of a butterfly Although this little work bears no date it must be supposed that Thorvaldsen made drawings of this kind particularly during his early years in Rome at the start of the 19th century even though he also

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  • Andre kunstneres grafik - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Nysø Google Art Project All collections Thorvaldsen s sculptures Collection of paintings Thorvaldsen s drawings Drawings by other artists Graphic works by other artists Collection of medals Sculptures by other artists Ancient artefacts Ancient gems Ancient coins Cast Collection Thorvaldseniana Deposits The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Sort by Artist Title Inv no or clear Andre kunstneres grafik 1 40 of 2906 in total E2343 14 E2343 12 E2343 15 1

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  • View of Rome from Capitol E1064 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    1824 Etching 550 x 718 mm Inventory number E1064 Enlarge photo Download Rome s Forum was a fascinating place to visit an ancient treasure chamber and a popular motif for the artists of Thorvaldsen s day In this view by Joseph Thurmer the artist is looking down from the Capitol along the Via Sacra The Coliseum can be seen on the left of the Via Sacra with Monte Palatino on the right The Forum had originally been a market square And not least under Emperor Augustus 63 BC AD 14 it was the scene of bustling life However the site served 15th century Roman builders as a quarry This had of course left its mark on what was found when a start was made on excavating the area at the end of the 18th century A closer look at the print shows cattle grazing among the ruins quite small figures slightly to the right of the column the Focas Column at the centre When the print was made not much progress had been made in excavating the Forum and consideration was being given to the consequences of excavating it all In 1821 the architect Jørgen Koch 1787 1869 referred to

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  • Raphael's Skeleton at the Opening of his Tomb E1100 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    in Rome was opened in September 1833 in order to see whether his skeleton was intact in its coffin There was an old story to the effect that Raphael s skull was not in the tomb As a professor in the papal San Luca Academy of Art Thorvaldsen was naturally present at the opening of the tomb The skeleton was intact and the artist Vicenzo Camuccini was given the sole

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/E1100 (2015-09-25)
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  • Cupid Feeding Pigeons E1112b - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    sculpture Published by Battistelli Lithograph 370 x 263 mm Inventory number E1112b Works relating to this work Luigi Bienaimé Cupid Feeding Pigeons 1821 original plaster model Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara Italy Enlarge photo Download Luigi Bienaimé 1795 1878 began working in Thorvaldsen s studio in Rome in 1818 Throughout his life Bienaimé had quite literally had marble dust beneath his feet He had grown up in what was the city of marble par excellence Carrara In the days of Michelangelo 1475 1564 and of Bienaimé and Thorvaldsen marble of the finest quality was taken from quarries in Carrara as it still is today marble that is suitable for sculpting The sculptures were sometimes carved in Carrara itself On other occasions the blocks of marble were transported to workshops in Rome to be carved there In Rome Bienaimé was one of the sculptors who assisted Thorvaldsen to carve his plaster models in marble when commissions arrived Bienaimé however also worked on sculptures that he himself had been commissioned to make And the chubby winged figure of Cupid feeding pigeons was modelled in plaster by Bienaimé in 1821 It is a slightly sentimental account and in this it differs from

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  • The Assumption of Mary E1826 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    He became notorious not only for his artistic ability but also because he repeatedly took artistic revenge on his enemies by painting easily recognisable caricatures After severe criticism of one of these the Pope exiled Zuccaro from Rome in 1583 though he was later recalled The Church had great influence on art in Rome in general And when Zuccaro founded the Accademia di San Luca in Rome in 1593 this was also under papal charter One of the great challenges of Zuccaro s time was the fact that the large numbers of quite young artists coming to Rome were left without any possibility of help or guidance They were often either children or teenagers And it was also unsatisfactory in general for the artists to feel they were a minority group in the local guilds Zuccaro wanted to raise the standing of painters and sculptors in relation to that of artisans It was with this object in view that he founded the Accademia di San Luca and ensured that teaching in artistic theory accompanied the practical instruction It was incidentally this same academy of fine art to which Thorvaldsen was admitted and in which he was appointed professor in 1808

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