The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Efter 15.6.1807

I.e. the two statues commissioned by Hansen for the façade of the town hall and courthouse on Nytorv in Copenhagen.
The Athenian statesman Solon (ca 638 – ca 560 BC) was called one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece and is known for the quotation: Nothing in excess.
Lycurgus appears to have been a historical figure in the 700s BC and was known for his Spartan legislation.
Neither statue was realized because Hansen, in his letter of 15.5.1807, proposed to have the statues executed in a poorer material than marble in order to save money, cf. below.
The empty niches intended for the statues are still seen on the courthouse façade today.
Read more about this in the Commission for the Town Hall and Courthouse.

Last updated 14.10.2015