The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 10186 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.

Use the Archives as you see fit.

Read more here

Researching the Archives

Our work is supported by 15. Juni Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, New Carlsberg Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, and Aage & Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.

More

By the Numbers

  • 10.186 Documents total
  • 8.247 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.939 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 764 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.835 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.587 To and from others
  • 3.343 In Italian
  • 4.231 In Danish
  • 1.809 In German
  • 655 In French
  • 94 In English
  • 54 Other languages
  • 43.820 Commentaries
  • 454 Related Articles
  • 420 Subjects
  • 3.199 Persons

Find Thorvaldsen's Sculptures in the Archives

Selected Documents

Dec

5

On this Day