The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 9061 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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Beyond Clichés

When it comes to Thorvaldsen, myths and clichés abound. The Archives allows you to (re)read the sources critically, and interpret them afresh!

By the Numbers

  • 9.061 Documents total
  • 7.915 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.146 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1888 Youngest
  • 737 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.781 To Thorvaldsen
  • 2.543 To and from others
  • 3.272 In Italian
  • 3.625 In Danish
  • 1.415 In German
  • 634 In French
  • 88 In English
  • 27 Other languages
  • 24.124 Commentaries
  • 234 Related Articles
  • 340 Subjects
  • 2.876 Persons

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