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  • The Graces and Cupid G356 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Online Collections The Archives Crosscuts Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Henrik Olrik Other names Ole Henrik Benedictus Olrik Born 24 05 1830 Died 02 01 1890 Nationality dansk The Graces and Cupid After Thorvaldsen s sculpture Inv no A29 Biscuit 33 cm Inventory number G356 Enlarge photo Download The three women belong to the circle around the Roman goddess of love Venus And with Cupid at the feet of the three beauties the motif of love is made especially clear in this composition Thorvaldsen modelled the group in Rome in 1817 19 This small version measures no more than 33 cm in contrast to the 171 cm of the original model And it is made in biscuit i e hard fired unglazed porcelain The Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Copenhagen produced figures in biscuit from 1771 and from 1838 a number of works by Thorvaldsen were included in the selection on offer from the manufactory The Graces and Cupid Playing the Lyre was copied in 1854 On one occasion on 6 January 1844 Thorvaldsen himself visited the Royal Porcelain Manufactory s shop in Købmagergade in Copenhagen Til top Opening Hours Tuesday Sunday

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/G356 (2015-09-25)
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  • Diptych: The Entry into Jerusalem. The Last Supper. The Footbath. Gethsemane Garden. Madonna and Child. The Crucifixion G54 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    private book collection contains an edition of the Bible from 1541 It is Martin Luther s first complete translation of the Bible into German Thorvaldsen also possessed various religious paintings and objects One example is this small portable altar in ivory from the first half of the 15th century The inscription says that this altar was once part of the inventory of the Bridgetine convent in Vadstena in Sweden The

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/G54 (2015-09-25)
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  • Antikke genstande - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Collection at 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 Antikke genstande 1 40 of 1787 in total H647 H607 H648 1 2 3

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  • Votive head of a woman. Etrusco-Roman H1006 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Votive head of a woman Etrusco Roman 325 BC 275 BC Fired clay with traces of brown colour 20 5 cm Inventory number H1006 Enlarge photo Download The back of this woman s head is covered by a veil which is seen as a thick projecting border around her face A pearl necklace encircles her neck The head is a votive gift a sacrifice to the gods Votive heads are often found in sanctuaries in Central Italy whence this head probably stems The heads presumably represented the actual persons making the offering However they are not individual portraits but mass produced moulded products The custom of offering votive heads came originally from Corinth in Greece and was presumably introduced into Italy by the Etruscans in the 4th century BC The veil however suggests influence from Roman religion as in contrast to the Greeks and Etruscans the Romans always covered their heads when making sacrifices Thanks to stylistic features in common with Greek sculpture from the 3rd century BC the head can be dated to the end of the 3rd century or beginning of the 2nd BC Til

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H1006 (2015-09-25)
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  • Statuette of a man with a piglet and a fruit bowl. Western Greek H1033 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Project CC0 Luk Statuette of a man with a piglet and a fruit bowl Western Greek 450 BC 400 BC Fired clay 26 9 cm Inventory number H1033 Enlarge photo Download The statuette is a votive gift a sacrifice to the gods as a thanksgiving or as a prayer for help It shows a young man clutching a piglet by its hind legs and holding a bowl of fruit Piglets and fruit were both typical sacrifices to Demeter the goddess for fertility in both mankind and nature So the statuette probably represents a devotee of Demeter bringing sacrifices to the goddess The figure is one of a group of terracotta statuettes in Thorvaldsen s collection of antiquities which derive from the Greek colony of Paestum in Southern Italy Paestum was a popular resort in the 18th and 19th centuries and Thorvaldsen himself visited the place in 1804 It is not known whether Thorvaldsen acquired the statuettes on this occasion Real excavations of the area were not started until after 1804 but the local population often found votive statuettes which were sold to visitors and art dealers all over Europe So Thorvaldsen can also have bought the statuettes in Rome or

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  • Lamp with Chiron the Centaur and Achilles. Roman H1176 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Luk Lamp with Chiron the Centaur and Achilles Roman 25 75 Fired clay 10 4 cm Inventory number H1176 Enlarge photo Download This oil lamp renders a legendary creature half man half horse that is known as a centaur He is standing facing a young man with a lyre The motif illustrates a scene from the world of Homeric legend in which Achilles is being taught by the wise centaur Chiron The lamps originated in the Near East where they can be traced back to the third millennium BC They then continued as one of the most important sources of light in Antiquity The lamps were usually made in fired clay but also in other materials such as bronze or marble Like the present example the clay lamps were cast in a two part mould and could be provided with one or more spouts through which the wick emerged This type of lamp is today known as a volute lamp on account of the delicate volutes on either side of the spout The decoration was usually reserved for the top of the lamp and encompasses a host of different motifs Lamps like this with heroic motifs were popular in Roman

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H1176 (2015-09-25)
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  • Statuette of Tyche. Roman H1428 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    represents a seated woman enfolded in an ample cloak The head and hands are missing The figure is a Roman miniature copy of the famous Hellenist sculpture of Tyche Chance from the city of Antioch in Asia Minor a work normally attributed to the sculptor Eutychides Thorvaldsen s statuette is made in rock crystal which in ancient times was considered to be a very valuable material The Roman author Pliny

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  • Miniature portrait of Domitia Longina (?). Roman H1445 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Miniature portrait of Domitia Longina Roman 90 120 Neck restored in plaster Faience plaster restoration 5 6 cm Inventory number H1445 Enlarge photo Download This portrait of a woman is made in faience a special form of pottery Faience was used for royal portraits from the Hellenistic period and well into the Roman period The portrait has a complicated coiffure consisting of three elements a hair band across the forehead and on top of this a high toupee consisting of three rows of curls while at the back of the head there are more plaits arranged in a bun This coiffure was popular in the second half of the 1st century AD which helps us to date this head The head thus represents a woman belonging to the elite of this period possibly Domitia Longina the wife of the Emperor Domitian AD 81 96 Miniature portraits in costly materials were mainly used in private settings Here they typically stood on the domestic altars but they could also be found elsewhere in the house for instance in the formal dining room the triclinium in a Roman house Til

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