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Comment on Norse Mythology in Thorvaldsen's Art - a Virtually Omitted Motive

On this see the Related Article on Jason with the Golden Fleece, particularly the section on Thorvaldsen’s dissatisfaction with his youthful work: “I hated the statue, because he was made of tobacco … I wanted to prove myself before I left Rome. Each day I ran to the Vatican and swallowed what I could of the ancients, and did not turn around on the way back. Then I ground away at it, taking snuff all day long to tickle my nerves. Not even the tiniest of my own thoughts made it onto that statue, and because it needed to be great, I strove far beyond my abilities, and fell ill…”

Last updated 18.08.2014