The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 8937 documents – from contracts to love letters – by and about the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Scans and transcripts of all the documents are available, as well as other texts about Thorvaldsen’s work, life, and international context.

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Old documents – why?

The Archives’ documents are the primary written sources on Thorvaldsen’s life and work, providing a unique glimpse into what happened, when, with whom, and why.

By the Numbers

  • 8.934 Documents total
  • 7.804 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.130 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1888 Youngest
  • 736 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.780 To Thorvaldsen
  • 2.418 To and from others
  • 3.269 In Italian
  • 3.516 In Danish
  • 1.403 In German
  • 634 In French
  • 86 In English
  • 26 Other languages
  • 23.208 Commentaries
  • 228 Related Articles
  • 329 Subjects
  • 2.843 Persons

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