The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Jason and the Hope Commission

Brun is presumably referring to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Torquato Tasso: Ein Schauspiel, Act III: “Die Schöne Last aus deinen teuren Händen / Empfang ich knieend auf mein schwaches Haupt.” The full text of the play is available here. That Goethe’s play had gone unread is a clear reference to the myth of Thorvaldsen as a diamond in the rough, who despite his common origin had succeeded in scaling the very pinnacle of high culture by dint of sheer artistic soul. For more on this, see the Related Article on Thorvaldsen’s Education.

Last updated 21.06.2014