The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 9141 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

  • 9.140 Documents total
  • 7.986 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.154 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 737 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.780 To Thorvaldsen
  • 2.623 To and from others
  • 3.278 In Italian
  • 3.691 In Danish
  • 1.421 In German
  • 635 In French
  • 88 In English
  • 27 Other languages
  • 25.289 Commentaries
  • 237 Related Articles
  • 344 Subjects
  • 2.917 Persons

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