The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 17.1.-14.2.1797

One of these books is unidentified, but as far as the other one is concerned, a letter from the art critic Carl Ludwig Fernow to his friend Johann Pohrt (1771-1834) from the end of December 1796 mentions that Thorvaldsen was to bring Immanuel Kant’s: Zum ewigen Frieden. Ein Philosophischer Entwurf, Königsberg 1795.
See Carl Ludwig Fernow: Römische Briefe an Johann Pohrt 1793-1798, Berlin 1944, p. 175: “Der Däne, der mir den ewigen Frieden bringen soll, ist aber noch nicht angekommen.”
It must be assumed that Fernow had been able to bring about this agreement through the Danish archaeologist Georg Zoëga’s contact with the Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Cf. Rainer Schoch: ‘Rom 1797 – Frihedens tilflugtssted’, in: B. Jørnæs et al. (ed.): Kunst og liv i Thorvaldsens Rom, Thorvaldsens Museum 1992, p. 9.

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