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18.2.1829

Ludwig 1. of Bavaria visits Thorvaldsen in his studio and awards him the title of Commander of the Merit Order of the Bavarian Crown, N10, with the words: “The soldier is honoured on the battlefield, but the artist among his works”.

Primary sources

  • Karl August Nicander: Minnen från Södern. Efter en resa i Danmark, Tyskland, Schweitz och Italien, Örebro 1862-63, vol. 2, p. 304 (documents the date).
  • Ursula Peters (ed. inter al.): Künstlerleben in Rom, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Der dänische Bildhauer und seine deutschen Freunde, Nürnberg 1991, p. 533-534 (mentions the precise date).
  • Thiele III, p. 364 (writes: at the beginning of 1829).
  • Ricciardelli’s drawing: Ludwig 1. of Bavaria Visits Thorvaldsen’s Studio near the Piazza Barberini, Rome, D1771.

Other references

Last updated 08.08.2018