The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 30.1.1807

I.e. Cupid Holding a Butterfly to Hurt it with an Arrow, which was modelled during the spring of 1807.
Today the work is only known from an “etching(Cupid and the Butterfly, marble statue now lost)”:/billeder/detaljer/30579. 20.8.1809 Thorvaldsen made a contract with Theodor von Hahn to execute a copy in marble.
The statue had clearly been commissioned (in marble) as early as 1807, as Thorvaldsen writes here, but it is unclear whether it was an oral arrangement that he had made with von Hahn in 1806-1807, or whether some other, so far unidentified person had commissioned the work at this time.

Last updated 08.09.2015