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  • Christien Henriksen Pram E2299 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Christien Henriksen Pram After Thorvaldsen s drawing Engraving 107 x 77 mm Inventory number E2299 Works relating to this work Thorvaldsen Christen Henriksen Pram 1795 drawing Private Collection Enlarge photo Download Andreas Flint 1767 1824 is especially known for his numerous portrait miniatures executed as engravings Among these is the portrait of the author and public servant Christen Henriksen Pram who lived from 1756 to 1821 Flint s portrait is based on one of Pram drawn by Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1795 We know some 50 such small usually oval portraits made by Thorvaldsen during his early days in Copenhagen before leaving for Rome in the autumn of 1796 Thorvaldsen s portraits are either of figures from his circle of close friends or representatives of Copenhagen cultural life in the 1790s a life in which Thorvaldsen was a keen participant Christen Henriksen Pram was born in Norway but he spent his entire youth and adult life in Denmark living partly on positions in the government administration and partly by writing poems and plays and dissertations on economics and agriculture His most famous dramatic work is the huge poem Stærkodder from 1785 which starts out from Saxo s account of the achievements

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  • The Circumcision E256 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    The Circumcision 1594 Latin poem by C Schoneus Engraving 480 x 353 mm Inventory number E256 Enlarge photo Download The Circumcision is the supreme achievement in the Dutch artist Henrick Goltzius output of prints prints They constitute a series of altogether six motifs illustrating the life of the Virgin Goltzius copied a number of older masterpieces But he also created independent works of art such as The Circumcision He was always ambitious regarding the quality of his art From 1582 he had had his own publishing undertaking in which he printed and published his prints And in the 1590s he had become known throughout Europe His self portrait is seen immediately behind the central circumcision scene in which he is standing to the left of the column as though he were watching the event In keeping with the Jewish sacred scripture the Torah Jesus was according to the biblical account Luke 2 21 circumcised a week after His birth It was on this occasion He received the name of Jesus During the visit to Mary when the birth was announced the angel used the name of Jesus In the Catholic Protestant and Anglican churches circumcision was replaced by the sacrament

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  • Robert de Cotte E310 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    x 285 mm Inventory number E310 Works relating to this work Hyacinthe Rigaud Robert de Cotte 1713 oil on canvas Musée du Louvre Paris Inv no MI 232 Enlarge photo Download Robert de Cotte 1656 1735 was one of the principal figures at the time when strict baroque was transformed into the lighter rococo in France There can be no doubt that the man portrayed is an architect he has an architectural drawing and a ruler lying on his table In addition Cotte is wearing the French Order of Saint Michael which betokens both a high rank and outstanding loyalty to the King He became the director of the Manufacture des Gobelines in 1699 where both the tapestries and royal furniture were produced However after being appointed Premier architecte du Roi in 1708 de Cotte was more concerned with the decorations for the Royal Chapel and then also the Palace at Versailles And in Cotte s 1729 design for the Queen s bedroom in Versailles we find numerous C and S shaped details in the decorations These so called rocailles became the most frequently used ornament of the rococo period the word rococo is of course itself derived from rocaille

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  • Veduta del Ponte Molle (View of Ponte Molle) E318 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    mm Inventory number E318 Enlarge photo Download Dramatic is the word to be applied to this view of the Ponte Molle the bridge which according to the text accompanying Giovanni Battista Piranesi s etching crosses the Tiber due miglio lontan a Roma or two Roman miles about 3 kilometres from Rome The dramatic effect derives partly from the fact that Piranesi has created his view of the bridge as though it is seen completely from below in a worm s eye view and partly as a result of the striking contrast between light and shade As Piranesi developed and established himself as an artist he deliberately aimed at adding drama to his views In order to achieve such a result he would repeatedly revise his drawing on the printing plate In extreme cases he alternated ten or twelve times between sketching on the printing plate placing the plate in a bath of acid so as to allow the chemical process to etch his lines down into the plate and finally returning to the drawing process again This demanded his considerable skill as a craftsman but also a great deal of patience in order to create views containing so many shades

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  • Spaccato interno della Basilica di S. Paolo fuori delle Mura (Section of Basilica di S. Paolo fuori delle Mura) E320 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    fuori delle Mura Section of Basilica di S Paolo fuori delle Mura 1749 After Giovanni Battista Piranesi s drawing Etching 414 x 608 mm Inventory number E320 Enlarge photo Download Tourists were enthusiastic about the Venetian architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi s Roman views Between 1745 and 1778 he published a series of 135 different views under the title of Vedute di Roma They could be bought separately Thorvaldsen had 35 of these prints in his collection inv nos E318 to E321 and most of the prints in E315 Piranesi was also a learned man He was particularly well versed in the history and archaeology of ancient Rome In the text at the bottom of this print he tells of both the history and constructional details of the church of San Paolo fuori le Mura Since the church burned down 1823 the print has also been able to tell us what was lost in the fire The initial impression is that the motif is a rather sober presentation of the architecture of the church The artist has been keen to present a large number of details But in spite of these the monumental nature of the church is clearly represented Piranesi

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  • Fontana coll' Obelisco nel circo Agonale (Fontana dei Quatro Fiumi) E348 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    antique Egyptian obelisque Aquatint 351 x 293 mm Inventory number E348 Works relating to this work Gian Lorenzo Bernini Fontana dei Quatro Fiumi 1648 51 Piazza Navona Rome Enlarge photo Download Gian Lorenzo Bernini 1598 1680 was the artistic genius overshadowed all others in the Rome of his day His fountain in the Piazza Navona symbolising four rivers was made in 1648 51 commissioned by Pope Innocent the Tenth 1574 1655 The four figures in the fountain are allegories for the rivers Nile Danube Ganges and Plate and represent Africa Europe Asia and America At the centre of the fountain there is an Egyptian obelisk that was brought to Rome by the Emperor Caracalla 188 217 BC Antonio Aquaroni has endowed the obelisk at the centre of the fountain with one side in deep shade Scenograficamente is the word employed by Aquaroni in a letter presumably written after 15 3 1837 to explain his series of views of 24 of the fountains of Rome He writes that he has been keen to work with perspective and with shade so that the view might also appeal to those he calls dilettantes those who were without any understanding of art and those

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  • Pompeii with View of Vesuvius in Eruption 1838 E392 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    View of Vesuvius in Eruption 1838 1840 After Busse s painting Etching 435 x 607 mm Inventory number E392 Enlarge photo Download On 24 August79 the people of Pompeii were taken by surprise when the volcano Vesuvius erupted and within a short time buried the city and preserved it for a later age The news of the excavations of Pompeii that began in 1748 marked the beginning of an enthusiasm for antiquity that before long spread all over Europe Important catalysts for the message were the art historian Johan Joachim Winkelmann 1717 1768 and the etcher Giovanni Battista Piranesi 1720 1778 They each in their own way contributed to making the excavations known And before long Pompeii Herculaneum and Naples were important stops on any young artist s grand tour One such was Georg Heinrich Busse He had gone to Rome from Dresden in 1835 And in Pompeii he made the sketch for this etching It is at once a portrait of the countryside and a picture of everyday life The column of smoke from Vesuvius adds drama to the scene and tells us of the natural forces that again made their presence felt in 1838 In the foreground on

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  • The Vow of Louis 13 E403 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    1837 After Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres painting Engraving 716 x 491 mm Inventory number E403 Works relating to this work Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres The Vow of Louis 13 1820 Cathédrale Notre Dame Montauban France Enlarge photo Download In The Promise of Louis XIII Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres 1780 1867 pays homage to the unification of state and church Dressed in an ermine cloak and with the royal regalia stretching up to heaven the French King Louis XIII 1601 43 kneels before the Assumption of Our Lady Ingres had Raphael s 1483 1520 painting The Sistine Madonna 1512 13 as his model See the engraving based on this painting inv no E886 The portrayal of the crown regalia etc is realistic but there is also a theatrical quality to the painting The curtain that two angels are pulling aside on either side of the picture together with Ingres dramatic use of light also contributes to making it appear as though the scene were taking place on a stage Ingres executed this painting to a commission from the Cathédrale Notre Dame in his native French town of Montaubaun In Rome Ingres moved into the same house as Thorvaldsen in 1810 It

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