The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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1804 Ganymede Offering the Cup, A41.
Beginning of 1804 - April 1804 A.P. Bernstorff, A209.
1804 - 1805 Venus, marble, ca. 130 cm, National M.K. Čiurlionis Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania. Cf. the larger version A12.
1804 - March 1806 A.P. Bernstorff, A207, marble version of A209 in reduced size.
7.1.1804 Thorvaldsen’s mother Karen Thorvaldsen dies in Copenhagen.
9.2.1804 Thorvaldsen and Christian Hornbech receive H.M. Frisch and his wife Dorothea in the Piazza del Popolo on their arrival in Rome.
Spring 1804 Theodor von der Ropp commissions some marble busts after antique models. Later also Venus, cf. A12, and Briseis and Achilles, cf. A490, both marble National M.K. Čiurlionis Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania.
Spring 1804 The statues Bacchus, A2 and Ariadne are commissioned by Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke. The commission is later cancelled by Moltke for economic reasons.
6.3.1804 Receives a grant from Fonden ad usus publicos (The Foundation for the Support of Cultural and Social Purposes), thereby obtaining official acceptance of his continuance in Rome.
End of March 1804 Conducts a party on a tour of Rome to various artists, among them Angelika Kauffmann, Joh. Christian Reinhardt, and probably J.L. Lund.
5.4.1804 H.M. Frisch and his wife Dorothea visit Thorvaldsen’ studio and see Jason, A822, and Briseis and Achilles, A490.
Presumably not later than 10.4.1804 Employs the marble carvers Camillo Landini and Peter Kaufmann in his studio. J.L. Lund supervises the studio while Thorvaldsen is away.
Not earlier than 10.4. - not later than 19.4.1804 Travels from Rome to Naples together with Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke one day during this period.
Not earlier than 10.4. - not later than 19.5.1804 Spends at least one day and night at the ruins of Paestum with Christoph Heinrich Kniep.
Not earlier than 10.4. - not later than 19.5.1804 Attends an archeological dig at Pompeii with, among others, Christoph Heinrich Kniep, who makes a drawing of the visit.
May 1804 - 24.3.1844 Residence in the Roman pension Casa Buti, 46 Via Sistina, first floor.
20.5.1804 Travels from Naples to Rome.
20.5.1804 Passport issued for Leghorn in Rome.
Not earlier than 24.5.1804 Leaves Rome for Florence in the company of Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke.
June 1804 - beginning of July 1804 Stays in Florence, first in the company of Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke, then alone.
Not later than 2.7.1804 A studio is fitted up for Thorvaldsen by the Schubart family at Montenero near Leghorn.
Not earlier than 9.7. - not later than 16.7.1804 Travels to the Schubart family at Montenero and arrives not later than 16.7.1804.
Not earlier than 9.7. - not later than 6.8.1804 Herman Schubart, A718.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Apollon Belvedere, copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Bacchus, copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Cicero, copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Homer, copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Melpomene, copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Sappho, presumably copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Not earlier than August 1804 - not later than 1810 Venus Medici, copy after antique model, marble bust, location unknown.
Begun 6.8.1804 Jacqueline Schubart, A719.
11.8.1804 Passport issued for a trip from Leghorn to Genoa and back.
Middle of August 1804 Travels with Herman Schubart to the marble quarries in Carrara and to Genoa.
End of August 1804 Selects blocks of marble at Carrara.
Autumn 1804 Outbreak of yellow fever in and around Leghorn.
Presumably 10.9.1804 Return to Montenero.
23.9.1804 Appointed professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Accademia Fiorentina.
Completed not later than 24.9.1804 The Dance of the Muses on Helicon, plaster model for the relief, cf. A705, made for Jacqueline Schubart as a birthday present.
24.9.1804 Departure from Montenero.
25.9.1804 Travels from Leghorn bound for Rome in the company of Friedrich Matthäi.
Beginning of October 1804 Returns to Rome.
Completed December 1804 Bacchus, A2.