The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 10225 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

  • 10.225 Documents total
  • 8.258 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.967 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 765 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.837 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.623 To and from others
  • 3.372 In Italian
  • 4.239 In Danish
  • 1.811 In German
  • 655 In French
  • 94 In English
  • 54 Other languages
  • 45.098 Commentaries
  • 457 Related Articles
  • 420 Subjects
  • 3.221 Persons

Find Thorvaldsen's Sculptures in the Archives

Selected Documents

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