The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 23.8.1796

I.e. at first for three years. Usually, history painters, sculptors, and architects travelled for six years. See F. Meldahl & P. Johansen: Det kongelige Akademi for skjønne Kunster, 1700-1904, Copenhagen 1904, supplement XXV (Regulations of 21.6.1771). However, in July 1790, the King had approved a proposal from Abildgaard to the effect that the period was reduced to three years and only extended to four, five, or six years, “when the student abroad, through unusual talents combined with unceasing diligence, gave reason to hope that he would attain a high degree of perfection in his art”, ibid., p. 105.

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