The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 9978 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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The software used to publish the Archives’ documents online was developed by Thorvaldsens Museum. We offer it to colleague institutions for free.

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By the Numbers

  • 9.978 Documents total
  • 8.240 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.738 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 759 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.828 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.391 To and from others
  • 3.331 In Italian
  • 4.119 In Danish
  • 1.731 In German
  • 652 In French
  • 93 In English
  • 52 Other languages
  • 37.946 Commentaries
  • 440 Related Articles
  • 412 Subjects
  • 3.134 Persons

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