The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Thorvaldsen's Spoken and Written Language

I.e.: You cannot speak with him face to face, as he does not understand Italian, but only his own language, German.
Manno’s word Alemarchese, presumably a variant on alemanno (German or Swiss German), can only be an invented word that reflects his confusion about Thorvaldsen’s country of origin. The ending -ese may well be derived from the correct word, danese (Danish).

Last updated 29.09.2014