The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 9604 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

  • 9.603 Documents total
  • 8.199 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.404 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 751 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.821 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.031 To and from others
  • 3.308 In Italian
  • 4.024 In Danish
  • 1.492 In German
  • 651 In French
  • 91 In English
  • 37 Other languages
  • 36.348 Commentaries
  • 429 Related Articles
  • 401 Subjects
  • 3.095 Persons

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