The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 23.9.1806

This socially conscious comment, here rewritten by C.F. Høyer, appears less pithy than Thorvaldsen’s original wording: “great people easily forget what they promise”. Høyer may have thought that Thorvaldsen’s remark was too direct.
The statement is a good example of the sculptor’s ability to make epigrams, see the related article about Thorvaldsen’s Spoken and Written Language.

Last updated 24.08.2015