The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 22.4.1801

36 scudi corresponded to almost double the amount in rix-dollars, and by way of comparison it may be mentioned that Thorvaldsen’s scholarship was 400 rix-dollars annually. The casting of the clay model for Jason would then have amounted to living expenses for around two months.
In 1801 the living costs in Rome were high as Thorvaldsen writes below, which he also mentions in his letter of 4.4.1800 to Abildgaard: “… for all as to victuals is four times more expensive than it has ever been …” Cf. also Thiele I, p. 164.
See also the related article about the Monetary Units of that time.

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