Comment on 3.12.1799
According to Thiele I, p. 133, the crate actually arrived in Copenhagen at the end of 1798. Abildgaard had not been informed about this because he spent a long time in Jutland during the winter of 1798-99 and did not return until the early summer of 1799. Therefore, the crate was left at the Custom House in Copenhagen, and the contents, among them Bacchus and Ariadne, A1 were not shown to the Academy until 30.9.1799. See the related article about Transportation of Thorvaldsen’s Artworks in 1798 and 1802.
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