The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 21.7.1800

A folio with copperplate engravings of Raphael’s tapestries in the Vatican: Les celèbres Tapisseries de Raphaël d’Urbin au Vatican à Rome, gravées par Louis Sommerau, nos. 1-20, Rome 1780. In his answer dated “24.10.1800”:/dokumenter/ea0116, Thorvaldsen asked Abildgaard to accept the engravings as a gift. Thorvaldsen must have acquired another copy as the work is found in Thorvaldsen’s library, M315.
The fact that Thorvaldsen sent the work to Copenhagen is one of several indications that, at this time, he intended to return to Denmark when his scholarship expired.

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