The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

No. 2837 of 10237
Sender Date Recipient
Giovanni Battista Sommariva [+]

Sender’s Location


24.5.1821 [+]

Dating based on

Dateringen fremgår af bogen, hvori brevet er trykt.

Luigi Sommariva [+]

Recipient’s Location



Sommariva writes that Christian (8.) Frederik and Caroline Amalie are going to present him with marble copies of their portrait busts, of which Thorvaldsen has already made very lifelike models, cf. A753 and A754.

[...] A proposito, anche i suddetti ospiti mi fecero sentire di avere incaricato il celebre Thorvaldsen di fare in marmo i loro busti, che ci destinano in regalo, avendo esso già fatto i modelli somigliantissimi. [...]

General Comment

Teksten er et uddrag af et længere brev publiceret i Lettere del Conte Gio. Battista Sommariva a suo figlio Luigi, dall’anno 1809, fino all’anno 1825, Paris 1842, p. 108-111 (Thorvaldsen-omtale p. 128). Her medtages kun den del, der har relevans for Thorvaldsen.

Ikke omtalt hos Thiele.
Other references

Commission for the Danish Royal Family · Portrait Busts, Contemporary Persons · Thorvaldsen as a portrait artist
Caroline Amalie · Christian 8. · Bertel Thorvaldsen
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