The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 3.12.1799

It is uncertain what good reasons Abildgaard refers to here, but it has been suggested that he was worried that the idiom of the bust – the missing wig and the strict classical style – was too advanced for the professors of the Academy; and that Thorvaldsen therefore might risk not having his scholarship prolonged, see Else Kai Sass: Thorvaldsens Portrætbuster, Copenhagen 1963-65, vol. I, p. 40-41.
Thiele I, p. 140-141 mentions the matter but also gives no explanation why the bust of Tyge Rothe was not exhibited at the Academy.

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