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16.4.1787

Christian Frederik Høyer

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen’s certificate of confirmation.

11.8.1793

J.H. Bärens

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

2.12.1793

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen applies for a grant from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

1.1.1795

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Sophie Probsthayn

Thorvaldsen sends a verse of poetry as a New Year’s greeting.

5.1.1795

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen presents the relief Numa Pompilius and Egeria, A748, to the Royal Academy. He also ap...

23.2.1795

Hans Hansen

Omnes

Hansen visits Thorvaldsen in his home at 13 Åbenrå, Copenhagen.

2.11.1795

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen’s application for the travelling scholarship of the Royal Danish Academy of Fin...

5.5.1796

Peter Hanning Hammer

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Peter Hanning Hammer is grateful for his friendship with Thorvaldsen. He mentions that Bernhoft h...

5.6.1796

Sophie Amalie Kurtzhals

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

7.6.1796

Johanne Ulstrup

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

14.6.1796

Severine Elisabet Arnette West

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

25.7.1796

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen requests an advance on his travelling scholarship.

23.8.1796

Nicolai Abildgaard, Jens Juel, Kunstakademiet, København, Peter Meyn

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts instructs Thorvaldsen on the terms of his travelling grant....

30.12.1796

Claus Hvidtfeldt Blom

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

17.1.-14.2.1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen’s diary from his sojourn in Malta, Palermo and Naples.

13.2.1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen’s first report to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts since his departure from Cope...

Antagelig marts 1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Jørgen West

A sheet with several fragments in Danish, German and Italian. First two drafts of a letter in Ita...

1.5.1797

C.D. Fritzsch

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Fritzsch sends his warm regards and hopes to join Thorvaldsen in Rome soon. Two of Fritzsch’s flo...

3.6.1797

Senatore Scarpetti

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Receipt for payment of rent for Thorvaldsen’s first studio in Rome in Vicolo Aliberti 1797-1799.

19.8.1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen reports to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts that he arrived in Rome on March 8, ...

9.12.1797

Karen Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Karen Thorvaldsen misses her son greatly. She is unhappy with her life and her husband. He gives ...

Ultimo 1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen’s draft of his first report to Abildgaard on his activities in Rome. He has visited t...

5.1.1798

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen reports to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts that he has studied Rome and its sur...

20.1.1798

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen reports to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts that he has studied Rome and its sur...

Efter 23.1.1798

Heinrich Keller

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Eulogy for the Swiss sculptor Johann Jakob Schmid.

23.3.1798

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen is happy to have received news from his son. He advises him to send a work o...

Probably 1798-99

Johan David Åkerblad

Johan David Åkerblad

Åkerblad’s list of artists in Rome 1798-99.

30.6.1798

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen informs the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts that he has sent two samples of his wor...

3.1.1799

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen reports to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts that he is still in Rome, and that h...

19.3.1799

Kunstakademiet, København

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts informs Thorvaldsen of a one-year prolongation of his trave...

19.3.1799

Kunstakademiet, København

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Draft letter from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts informing Thorvaldsen of a one-year prolo...

20.5.1799

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thanking his son for his letter, Thorvaldsen’s father writes about the hard winter, his work, and...

12.10.1799

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen thanks Abildgaard for his support. He tells him that many of the Roman art collection...

12.10.1799

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Both Thorvaldsen’s semi-annual report to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the works he w...

3.12.1799

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard reports that the works Thorvaldsen sent to Copenhagen have arrived safely. He complime...

3.12.1799

Cornelius Høyer, Kunstakademiet, København

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts has evaluated Thorvaldsen’s Bacchus and Ariadne, A1, and is...

5.3.1800

Johann Daniel Lawaetz

Georg Zoëga

Lawaetz reports that he has transferred 100 rix-dollars from Nicolai Abildgaard / the Royal Danis...

4.4.1800

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen has received Abildgaard’s latest letter and thanks him for everything he does to prom...

4.4.1800

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen is delighted that the work he has sent to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts has w...

4.4.1800

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen’s parents are delighted with the latest letter from their son, especially because a f...

10.4.1800

Poul Scheel

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Scheel sends greetings to his friends in Rome. He recommends the island of Menorca, which is said...

21.7.1800

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard relates that some people in Copenhagen have accused Thorvaldsen of being lazy in Rome,...

24.10.1800

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen reports that the transportation of two crates with artworks bound for the Royal Danis...

24.10.1800

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen regrets that his report to the Royal Academy has been delayed. He would have liked to...

7.1.1801

Georg Zoëga

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Georg Zoëga attests to the authorities that Bertel Thorvaldsen is a Danish sculptor, supported by...

After 7.1.1801

NN

NN

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

16.3.1801

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

J.C. Ulrich reports that the two crates Thorvaldsen has inquired about are withheld in the bankru...

13.4.1801

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ulrich has negotiated with the shipping firm of Jaume & Schwarz regarding Thorvaldsen’s two c...

22.4.1801

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen reports that the two crates with artworks bound for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine ...

22.4.1801

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

27.4.1801

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

In continuation of his earlier letters, Ulrich reports that he is not able to redeem Thorvaldsen’...

11.5.1801

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ulrich has redeemed the two crates Thorvaldsen sent to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from...

4.10.1801

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen is happy to have received a letter from Thorvaldsen as rumours in Copenhagen...

4.10.1801

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard informs Thorvaldsen that the last instalment of his travelling grant has been sent to ...

Muligvis 1802

Antonio Canova

Accademia di S. Luca

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

11.1.1802

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ulrich has received Thorvaldsen’s letter about two crates sent from Rome via Georg Zoëga. The cra...

20.1.1802

Johan Hartvig Ernst von Berger

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Berger reports that he is willing to transport Thorvaldsen’s four crates bound for Copenhagen / t...

25.1.1802

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ulrich has received Thorvaldsen’s letters, but his two crates have not yet arrived at Leghorn. Ul...

Primo februar 1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Johan Hartvig Ernst von Berger

Thorvaldsen is happy that Captain Berger has accepted to ship the four crates containing artworks...

15.2.1802

J.C. Ulrich

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ulrich reports that the four crates Thorvaldsen has sent to Leghorn have been taken aboard Captai...

20.3.1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

Thorvaldsen reports that he is still in Rome, but he plans to embark on his journey back to Denma...

20.3.1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen reports that Captain Berger has agreed to ship five crates with artworks, books etc. ...

Antagelig april 1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Jørgen West

Thorvaldsen complains that he has not received any letter for a long time.

22.4.1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen begs his father to send him a letter as he is longing for news from Copenhagen. He ex...

10.5.1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Johan Hartvig Ernst von Berger

Thorvaldsen asks Berger to remove the marble bust of Edmund Bourke, A900, from one of the crates ...

August 1803

Carl Ludwig Fernow

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

11.3.1803

Jørgen West

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Jørgen West asks what to do about the bust of Tyge Rothe, A225, which is in the care of Nicolai A...

15.3.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley informs his good friend of his arrival in Naples. He has contracted an illness which prev...

3.5.1803

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen reproaches his son strongly for not returning to Copenhagen.

24.5.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley informs Thorvaldsen about his illness. He has to visit the spas on the island of Ischia. ...

6.6.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley’s illness forces him to visit the spas on the island of Ischia. He is frustrated that thi...

27.9.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is sorry that Thorvaldsen has been ill, but he is happy that the sculptor has found lodgi...

18.10.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley thanks Thorvaldsen for his letter. He very much wants to be in Rome, especially before t...

1.11.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley has received incorrect treatment by his Italian doctor, but his new German doctor is bett...

7.11.1803

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Charlotte Schimmelmann

Petition from Thorvaldsen, drawn up in collaboration with Herman Schubart and addressed to Schuba...

14.11.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley reports that Herman Schubart has arrived in Naples. Schubart has spoken highly of Thorval...

22.11.1803

Niels Dam

NN

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

10.1.1804

Jacqueline Schubart

NN

A fragment of a letter presumably from Jacqueline Schubart, suggesting support for Thorvaldsen. T...

17.1.1804

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard is happy about Thorvaldsen’s success in Rome. He has received the busts Thorvaldsen se...

Februar-marts 1804

Herman Schubart

C.F. Hansen

Schubart proposes that C.F. Hansen should commission works by Thorvaldsen for the rebuilding of C...

25.2.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen apologizes for his long silence due to an illness which has left him incapable of wor...

Ultimo februar 1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gotskalk Thorvaldsen

Fragment of a draft in which Thorvaldsen tells his father that he has been ill, and that he has h...

5.3.1804

Irina Vorontsova

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Countess Vorontsova asks Thorvaldsen to go to the banker Torlonia in order to draft a contract li...

6.3.1804

Fonden ad usus publicos

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The foundation ad usus publicos grants Thorvaldsen 300 Danish rix-dollars due to his progress in ...

26.3.1804

Herman Schubart

Frederik 6.

Schubart tries to persuade Crown Prince Frederik (6.) to commission works from Thorvaldsen for th...

27.3.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Kunstakademiet, København

Stanley requests permission from the Royal Academy to remain in Naples until he has recovered fro...

Antagelig april-juni 1804

Arnold Wallick

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Arnold Wallick sends greetings to Thorvaldsen from Rome and asks him whether the bust of Mathias ...

5.4.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley has been well and ill by turns all winter. He will not be able to come to Rome until he h...

10.4.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is not sure if Thorvaldsen received his last letter and writes more or less the same thin...

Medio april 1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen writes that he has received a grant of 300 rix-dollars from the Danish King. He thank...

Medio april 1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Fonden ad usus publicos

Thorvaldsen is grateful for the grant which has encouraged him while he was suffering from low sp...

24.4.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Fonden ad usus publicos

Thorvaldsen is very grateful for the grant and asks that his deepest gratitude may be conveyed to...

24.4.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Fonden ad usus publicos

Thorvaldsen is very grateful for the grant and asks that his deepest gratitude may be conveyed to...

22.5.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is sad that Thorvaldsen has left Naples. He hopes to recover completely from his illness ...

18.6.1804

C.F. Hansen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hansen is going to commission works for Christiansborg from Thorvaldsen, but as the rebuilding of...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

First draft of a letter: Thorvaldsen tells Abildgaard how devastated he was when he received the ...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen informs Abildgaard that he has been seriously ill. He asks Abildgaard’s permission to...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Anna Maria Uhden

Thorvaldsen apologizes for not having written before since he has been busy travelling. He has ar...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kunstakademiet, København

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.