The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 9495 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?

This archive holds the primary written sources for Thorvaldsen’s life and work. The documents also extend beyond the sculptor, offering a vivid glimpse of the entire period from 1770 to 1850.

By the Numbers

  • 9.495 Documents total
  • 8.172 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.323 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 748 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.799 To Thorvaldsen
  • 2.948 To and from others
  • 3.299 In Italian
  • 3.969 In Danish
  • 1.453 In German
  • 647 In French
  • 90 In English
  • 37 Other languages
  • 34.439 Commentaries
  • 364 Related Articles
  • 395 Subjects
  • 3.061 Persons

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