The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 4.4.1800

This is presumably the first reference in the sources to the sculptor’s principal work, Jason with the Golden Fleece, A52, since he writes in letter of 24.10.1800 to the Academy of Fine Arts: “ … what at present especially occupy me is a naked full-size figure which represents Jason…”
As far as we know Thorvaldsen was not, at this moment, occupied with other “full-size” statues which were also meant to be executed in marble, so the most likely explanation is that the identical reference to the size of the statue and its execution in marble confirms that Thorvaldsen is here referring to Jason.

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