The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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Presumably 1838 Martin Luther, A160.
Presumably 1838 Pan and a Nymph, A356.
Presumably 1838 Philipp Melanchton, A161.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Adonis, A476, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Agriculture, A543, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Actaeon Torn by his Dogs, A461, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Actaeon Torn by his Dogs, A779, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Cupid and the Sleeping Psyche, A434, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Cupid and the Sleeping Psyche, A437, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Cupid and the Sleeping Psyche, A438, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Cupid and Diana, A465, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Cupid Reviving Psyche, A446, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Apollo and Daphne, A478, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Astronomy, A544, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Atalanta, A473, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Chione and Daedalion, A464, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Dancing, A536, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Diana Killing Orion, A462, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Diana with her Hind, A459, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Diana Surprised at her Bath, A460, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Endymion, A466, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Trade, A540, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Gardening, A542, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Heros, A475, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Jupiter’s Eagle and Psyche, A443, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Callisto, A472, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Comedy, A534, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of War, A538, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Flight of Latona, A458, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Medicine, A541, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Meleager, A474, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Music, A535, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Narcissus and Cupid, A477, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Nymph with Bow, A467, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Nymph with a Torch, A470, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Hunting Nymph, A471, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Nymph with Arrow, A468, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Nymph and a Young Girl, A469, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Orion Dying, A463, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Pan and Cupid, A479, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1837-1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Poetry, A532, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and Cupid, A440, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and Cupid, A448, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and Cerberus, A445, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and Charon, A444, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and her Sisters, A439, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and Mercury, A447, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche and Pan, A441, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Psyche’s Father and the Oracle, A435, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Religion, A545, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Six Genii, A547, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Governmemt, A537, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Seven Genii, A546, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Navigation, A539, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 The Genius of Tragedy, A533, relief modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Venus and Cupid, A433, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Venus and Psyche, A442, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
Presumably 1838 - 1842 Zephyr and Psyche, A436, modelled by Pietro Galli after a drawing by Thorvaldsen from 1838.
1838 Child’s Head, A907.
1838 Christ, A882.
Not earlier than 1838 Pan and a Nymph, A728.
Beginning of 1838 Adam and Eve with Cain and Abel, A551.
Beginning of 1838 Vulkan, A9.
20.1.1838 Accepts the offer to sail to Copenhagen on board the frigate Rota in the summer of 1838.
24.1.1838 Elected member of the learned society in Providence, Rhode Island Historical Society.
Not later than April 1838 Vulcan, A8 in marble is begun in Thorvaldsen’s Roman workshop. The statue was later transported to Copenhagen and completed 1861.
Originally planned as a never realized decoration inside Christiansborg Palace consisting of Vulcan, and versions of Mars and Cupid, cf. A6, and Venus with the Apple, cf. A853.
22.6.1838 A cargo ship from Rome arrives at Leghorn with 62 crates with Thorvaldsen’s art which are to be reloaded to the frigate Rota in order to be transported to Copenhagen.
24.6.1838 Receives a visit from August Gottlieb Eberhard.
10.7.1838 The frigate Rota reaches Leghorn.
Not earlier than 10.7.1838 - not later than 4.8.1838 At the request of Angelo Maria Ricci, among others, Thorvaldsen models a portrait medallion of Lucrezia Ripanti.
23.7.1838 Rudolf Lützow issues Thorvaldsen’s passport.
5.8.1838 Starts his journey back to Copenhagen, leaving Rome at midnight via Civitavecchia to Leghorn. Accompanied by Wilhelm Matthiä and Blunck.
9.8.1838 The frigate Rota leaves Leghorn bound for Copenhagen, with Thorvaldsen and his travelling companions on board.
Middle of August 1838 Pietro Galli and his family move temporarily into Thorvaldsen’s rooms in Casa Buti during Thorvaldsen’s stay in Denmark.
10.9.1838 Appointed “konferensråd” (honorary title, now obsolete) on board of the frigate Rota. Thorvaldsen receives the message 16.9.1838.
15.9.1838 The Rota lies to near Hammermøllen, north west of Elsinore.
16.9.1838 The Rota anchors north west of Elsinore waiting for favourable currents and winds. Thorvaldsen attends a Danish-Swedish celebration in his honour on board the steamship Dronning Marie. Two songs for the sculptor are sung.
17.9.1838 The frigate Rota is towed round Kronborg in the morning, and is greeted by cheers of hurray and music in boats from Helsingborg. Passes Trekroner at Copenhagen in the afternoon.
17.9.1838 Amid great jubilation, Thorvaldsen disembarks at the Copenhagen Custom House after 42 years of exile.
17.9.1838 On the balcony of Charlottenborg Thorvaldsen is cheered by a crowd in Kongens Nytorv.
17.9.1838 Young artists pay tribute to Thorvaldsen with a torchlight procession in the Botanical Gardens behind Charlottenborg. A song by Christian Winther is sung.
17.9.1838 - 24.3.1844 Residence and workshop at Charlottenborg, 1 Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen. However, he lives alternately at Charlottenborg, at Nysø, and in Rome until his death.
18.9.1838 Joins the Academy of Fine Arts in a picnic to Sorgenfri and Bellevue celebrating the birthday of Christian (8.) Frederik.
19.9.1838 For the first time since his return Thorvaldsen acts as director of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, at a meeting in the academy. A welcome speech is held by Just Mathias Thiele.
Shown Christen Christensen’s Thorvaldsen Medal, F13, which is to be awarded to artists as the highest appraisal of the Academy of Fine Arts.
20.9.1838 Learns that he has been awarded honorary citizenship of Copenhagen by Just Henrik Mundt and Peder Johannes Friedenreich.
20.9.1838 Thorvaldsen’s crates and belongings are brought from the Custom House to Charlottenborg.
20.9.1838 Dines at Court with Christian 8. and Caroline Amalie.
24.9.1838 Elected honorary member of Studenterforeningen (The Students’ Association).
26.9.1838 Stays at home for several days due to an injury to his foot. Receives a visit from the painter C.W. Eckersberg.
End of September 1838 Party given by J.L.A. Kolderup-Rosenvinge.
1.10.1838 Attends a meeting in Akademiforsamlingen (the Fellows of the Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen). Promises to furnish “the model of the month”.
2.10.1838 Honoured in the evening by about 70 members of De danske Romeres selskab (The Society of Danish Romans). The party takes place in the hall of Borups selskab, which for the occasion has been decorated as a Roman osteria. Two songs to Thorvaldsen by F.C. Hillerup and N.C.L. Abrahams are sung.
4.10.1838 Visits the assembly of the Estates of the Realm in Roskilde and attends in the afternoon a party with songs and speeches in Thorvaldsen’s honour. In the evening at the dinner of the delegates of the Estates of the Realm hosted by A.S. Ørsted. Later organ concert in the Cathedral of Roskilde.
5.10.1838 Visits the Cathedral of Roskilde again early in the morning. Travels 10.15 AM to Copenhagen.
5.10.1838 Attends J.P. Møller’s birthday party.
6.10.1838 Attends the quarterly meeting of Det Kongelige Nordiske Oldskriftselskab (The Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries). Receives the book Antiquitates Americanæ (still in Thorvaldsen’s book collection, M575), with his genealogical table. Speech by Finnur Magnússon.
7.10.1838 Celebration in Thorvaldsen’s honour for 300 guests at the Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen with songs, poems, speeches etc. by Adam Oehlenschläger, J.L. Heiberg, H.C. Andersen, H.P. Holst, Thomas Overskou, and N.F.S. Grundtvig.
10.10.1838 The completion of the bronze casting of Friedrich Schiller, cf. A770, is celebrated in Munich with a big party for bronze casters and artists in the city. Thorvaldsen is not present.
13.10.1838 Celebration in Thorvaldsen’s honour in Studenterforeningen (The Students’ Association) with several songs by Ole Bang, Adam Oehlenschläger, H.C. Andersen, F.J. Hansen, and H.P. Holst.
16.10.1838 The governors of the University of Copenhagen offer to buy Thorvaldsen’s marble versions of the apostles. They also buy Christ, cf. A82, which had originally been commissioned for Christiansborg Palace Church, to be placed in the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen.
23.10.1838 Present at the installation of the pediment group Johannes Døberens prædiken, modelled 1821-1822, jf. A59, A60, A61, A62, A63, A64, A65, A66, A67, A68, A69 og A70, above the main entrance to the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen.
24.10.1838 Attends an afternoon gathering at J.S. Møsting’s house in the company of the professors of the Academy of Fine Arts, including C.W. Eckersberg.
24.10.1838 Honoured by the members of Borups Selskab (The Dramatic and Literary Society, Borup’s Society)
25.10.1838 Dinner with the architect C.F. Hansen, the painter C.W. Eckersberg, and others.
31.10.1838 Attends a private party. Oehlenschläger writes a song for the occasion.
Presumably November 1838 C.F. Wilckens is engaged as Thorvaldsen’s valet.
Not earlier than November 1838 Engages Charlotte Amalie Wilckens (ca 1809-1867) as housekeeper.
19.11.1838 The pediment group for the facade of the cathedral of Copenhagen, John the Baptist Preaching, A59-A70, is unveiled. Installed by H.E. Freund.
19.11.1838 Thorvaldsen invites the members of De danske Romeres Selskab (The Society of Danish Romans) to celebrate his birthday. The party is held in Copenhagen. Songs by N.C.L. Abrahams and F.C. Hillerup are sung.
Not later than 20.11.1838 The vicar C.H. Visby (1801-1871) asks Thorvaldsen to intercede with Frederik 6. for the robber and murderer Petri Worm (1814-1838).
21.11.1838 Awarded honorary citizenship of Copenhagen at the city hall, cf. diploma N36. Later a celebration at The Royal Shooting Range.
22.11.1838 Kunstforeningen af 1825 (The Art Society of Copenhagen) arranges a competition for a painting with the subject: “Thorvaldsen’s Arrival and Reception at the Copenhagen Custom House”. The winner is Fritz Westphal’s Thorvaldsen’s Reception at the Custom House on September 17, 1838, B453.
26.11.1838 Probably present at Grundtvig’s historical lectures at Borch’s Kollegium, Copenhagen.
December 1838 Intervenes in the competition for the gold medal of the Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, in favour of Adam Müller, who receives a special travel grant to Rome.
4.12.1838 Receives a visit from the painter C.W. Eckersberg and shows him some of the works of art brought home from Rome.
7.12.1838 Tea party at the home of factory manager O.J. Rawert (1786-1851) together with C.W. Eckersberg and many others.
10.12.1838 Visits the painter C.W. Eckersberg and sees a version of the painting Thorvaldsen’s Arrival in the Copenhagen Roadstead, September 17th 1838, cf. B217, which pleases him.
11.12.1838 Sends a deed of gift to the corporation of Copenhagen, thereby donating his works and collections to the city.
11.12.1838 Visits the painter C.W. Eckersberg, who on that day has begun work on the painting Thorvaldsen’s Arrival in the Copenhagen Roadstead, September 17th 1838, B217.
19.12.1838 The corporation of Copenhagen thanks Thorvaldsen for the bequest.
21.12.1838 Receives a visit from the Danish painter C.W. Eckersberg.
22.12.1838 Attends Akademiforsamlingen (The Fellows of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen), where the decision is made to give a travel grant to the painter Heinrich Eddelien in preference to Adam Müller. Furthermore, the architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll is unanimously elected member of the academy. Afterwards Thorvaldsen joins the other professors in a banquet with Prince Christian (8.) Frederik.
24.12.1838 The governors of the University of Copenhagen commission Jude Thaddeus, cf. A105, Andrew, cf. A108 og Christ on the Road to Calvary, cf. A560, plus Martin Luther, A188 and Philipp Melanchton, A161. Four statues of prophets are also commissioned but not executed.
30.12.1838 At Jørgen Koch’s suggestion, Frederik 6. donates a carriage yard, which forms the foundation of Thorvaldsens Museum.
End of 1838 The Child’s Guardian Angel, A596.