The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 10000 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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Our work is supported by 15. Juni Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, New Carlsberg Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, and Aage & Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.

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By the Numbers

  • 10.000 Documents total
  • 8.242 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.758 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 761 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.830 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.409 To and from others
  • 3.334 In Italian
  • 4.136 In Danish
  • 1.731 In German
  • 652 In French
  • 93 In English
  • 54 Other languages
  • 40.006 Commentaries
  • 446 Related Articles
  • 413 Subjects
  • 3.151 Persons

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