Arkivet, Thorvaldsens Museum

 
No. 2317 af 9816
Afsender Dato Modtager
John Gibson [+]

Afsendersted

Rom

Afsenderinfo

Brevet har været forseglet.

19.11.1819 [+]

Dateringsbegrundelse

Dateringen fremgår af brevet.

John Crouchley [+]

Modtagersted

Liverpool

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Udskrift: J.B. Crouchley Esq:r / Bedford Place / Harrigton / Liverpool / Rome Nov.r 20.th
Poststemplet: ”[XX]PO / 15 / 1819” og “C[X]E / C 15 / 1819”.

Resumé

Kommentarerne til dette brev er under udarbejdelse.

Rome
19th Novem:r 1819

[...] Thorwalsden has gone to visit his own native country, aft[er] an absence of twenty three years. When the Duke of Devonshire was here he gave Thorvaldsen an order for a Venus. She is represented as just having received the golden apple from Paris and taking up her mantle to go away thus [her har Gibson skitseret Thorvaldsens Venus, jf. A12]
This great artist has made a group of the three graces to rival those of Canova. The composition I like, at the same time perhaps the figures are too much apart, too much open space between them as for the forms they bear no comparison to Canova’s. Thorwal.n has a pupil an Italian his name is Tenerani and has made a Venus which I think would do honour to Praxiteles. Cupid is drawing the thorn out of her foot thus [Gibson har skitseret Teneranis skulptur]
The forms are divine, after seeing it in clay nearly finished, I felt a sinking at the heart and depression of mind for several days. [...]

Generel kommentar

Af brevet citeres kun de dele, som vedrører/omhandler Thorvaldsen. Brevet er afskrevet og venligt stillet til rådighed af Eric Forster. Det er her gengivet i overensstemmelse med originalbrevet.

Arkivplacering
Liverpool Record Office, Liverpool Libraries, MD207/6.
Emneord
Kritik af Thorvaldsens værker, negativ · Kritik af Thorvaldsens værker, positiv · Kunstnermiljøet i Rom · Rejsen til Danmark, juli-oktober 1819 · Statuer, antik mytologi · Thorvaldsen og Canova · Thorvaldsens assistenter
Personer
Antonio Canova · William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire · Pietro Tenerani · Bertel Thorvaldsen
Værker
Sidst opdateret 21.07.2014 Print