The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Medio april 1804

Here Thorvaldsen correctly interprets the foundation’s discreet hint that the grant might enable Thorvaldsen to remain a while longer in Rome, where he belonged naturally as an artist, cf. the letter from the foundation of 6.3.1804. The sentence, however, was omitted from the final letter of 24.4.1804, perhaps because it might reveal what was, from a Danish national point of view, Thorvaldsen’s slightly too great joy at being able to postpone his return to Denmark once more.
The question about the possibility of his continuance abroad had worried Thorvaldsen for a long time, see the related article regarding this.

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