The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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Autumn 1808

Ludwig (1.) commissions Adonis, cf. A53, in marble, today at the Neue Pinakothek, München. The statue is not completed until October 1831.

Primary sources

  • Letter dated 20.8.1808 from Thorvaldsen to Herman Schubart (Thorvaldsen expects to receive the commission very soon).
  • Letter dated 28.12.1809 from Thorvaldsen to Ludwig (1.) of Bavaria (the carving will be completed in January 1810).
  • Letter dated 27.2.1810 from Thorvaldsen to Ludwig (1.) of Bavaria (the carving will soon be completed).
  • Letter dated 4.5.1810 from Thorvaldsen to Ludwig (1.) of Bavaria (the statue has been completed).
  • Letter dated 2.12.1810 from Thorvaldsen to Ludwig (1.) of Bavaria (Thorvaldsen wants to change some parts).
  • Letter dated 12.2.1813 from Thorvaldsen to Ludwig (1.) of Bavaria (the statue will be completed at the beginning of July).

Last updated 16.04.2016