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8.9.1797

Georg Zoëga

Arveprins Frederik

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

Ultimo 1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen’s draft of his first report to Abildgaard on his activities in Rome. He has visited t...

Efter 23.1.1798

Heinrich Keller

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Eulogy for the Swiss sculptor Johann Jakob Schmid.

Probably 1798-99

Johan David Åkerblad

Johan David Åkerblad

Åkerblad’s list of artists in Rome 1798-99.

Antagelig primo 1801

Johan Jacob Ekman

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ekman asks Thorvaldsen to come and visit him in order to help another artist improve his work.

10.5.1801

Johan Jacob Ekman

Bertel Thorvaldsen

After a difficult journey, Ekman has arrived in Vienna, where he has received a letter from Thorv...

27.9.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is sorry that Thorvaldsen has been ill, but he is happy that the sculptor has found lodgi...

18.10.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley thanks Thorvaldsen for his letter. He very much wants to be in Rome, especially before t...

1.11.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley has received incorrect treatment by his Italian doctor, but his new German doctor is bett...

11.8.1804

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lund thanks Thorvaldsen for his letter and looks forward to their reunion in Rome. He informs Tho...

2.11.1804

Herman Schubart

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Schubart reports that Thorvaldsen’s portrait busts of himself and Jacqueline Schubart, A718...

30.11.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen apologizes for his late reply and informs Schubart that he is finishing Bacchus, A2. ...

Summer 1805

August Wilhelm Schlegel

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Omnes

Schlegel reports to Goethe on the art scene in Rome, summer 1805.The commentary to this document ...

6.7.1805

Arnold Wallick

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

30.8.1805

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley ironically describes his amazement at having received two letters from Thorvaldsen. He al...

31.8.1805

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lund has heard that Thorvaldsen is working on the relief The Baptism of Christ, possibly A736, du...

16.11.1805

C.F. Høyer

Nicolai Abildgaard

C.F. Høyer has just arrived in Rome. He reports to Nicolai Abildgaard that Thorvaldsen has invite...

23.5.1806

Herman Schubart

Nicolai Abildgaard

Schubart tells Abildgaard about C.F.F. Stanley’s death. He encloses Henrik Vilhelm Lundbye&...

18.6.1806

C.F. Høyer

Nicolai Abildgaard

Høyer suggests that commissions for Christiansborg Palace should soon be given to Thorvaldsen bef...

9.11.1806

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Andreas Dobert Kalleberg

A greeting in Kalleberg’s album.

30.1.1807

C.F. Høyer

Nicolai Abildgaard

Høyer writes that Thorvaldsen has received an instalment of 100 rix-dollars for the portrait bust...

4.5.1807

Accademia Italiana, Johann Paul Schulthesius

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is nominated honorary member of the Accademia Italiana. He is asked to forward his bi...

8.6.1807

Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A.G.D. Moltke transfers 200 piastres for his bust, cf. A212, regretting the delay. He would like ...

Efter 14.6.1807

Carl Gotthard Grass

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Grass describes his arrival at the town of Treia and his negative impression of the local inhabit...

21.5.1808

C.F. Høyer

Nicolai Abildgaard

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

9.9.1808

J.L. Lund

NN

Greetings and reports from mainly the Danish-German art society in Rome.

26.5.1810

Hans West

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

Antagelig 7.6.1810

Christian 8.

Hans West

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

7.7.1810

Hans West

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

8.8.1810

Friederike Brun

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A list of the objects that Friederike Brun leaves in storage with Thorvaldsen.

26.9.1810

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Caroline von Humboldt

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

Antagelig 15.12.1810

Christian 8.

Hans West

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

13.11.1811

Caroline von Humboldt

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Humboldt is sending the letter with the Prince of Weimar, Count von Ettling, and Baron von Gersdo...

Antagelig omkring 1813

Filippo Giuntotardi, Bertel Thorvaldsen

Omnes, Bertel Thorvaldsen

List of artists and others, written on the back of a printed text by the etcher Filippo Giuntotar...

8.4.1813

Peder Malling

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

12.9.1815

NN

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is asked to attend the funeral ceremony of Virginio Bracci.Household accounts on the ...

July 1817

Redaktørerne ved Athene, Rasmus Emil Bruun

Christian Molbech, NN

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

Presumably between October 1817 and September 1819

John Gibson

Omnes

Gibson retells an anecdote about Thorvaldsen, the painter Peter von Cornelius, and a number of sc...

30.10.1817

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

4.11.1817

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

1.1.1818

Lauritz Kruse

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kruse encloses the prospectus in which the Danish population is invited to contribute to the acqu...

5.5.1818

Jørgen Koch

C.F. Hansen

Koch has not yet had time to talk to Thorvaldsen about The Alexander Frieze for Christiansborg Pa...

5.5.1818

Hermann Ernst Freund, Jørgen Koch

Kunstakademiet, København

Koch and Freund report that they have arrived safely in Rome, where they have been well received ...

5.5.1818

Jørgen Koch

Maria Koch

Koch informs his sister of his future address at Thorvaldsen’s place in Rome.

23.5.1818

Jørgen Koch

G.F. Hetsch

Koch will soon move into Casa Buti. Thorvaldsen is modelling Mercury about to Kill Argus, cf. A5....

1.8.1818

Bertel Thorvaldsen

C.F. Hansen

Thorvaldsen looks forward to embracing C.F. Hansen in Copenhagen soon. He characterizes the sculp...

1.8.1818

Bertel Thorvaldsen

C.F. Hansen

Draft letter dated 1.8.1818.

22.8.1818

Jørgen Koch

C.F. Hansen

Thorvaldsen is pleased that his native country now acknowledges his achievements with a large com...

17.1.1819

Franziska Caspers

Charlotte Thierry

Thorvaldsen has guided Caspers through the Vatican museum by torchlight. She admires his inspirin...

16.4.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius saw an exhibition of works by Scandinavian artists in the Palazzo Caffarelli in Rome, w...

23.4.1819

Friedrich Schlegel

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

7.-10.5.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius’ diary describing a four-day hiking and horse riding trip to the Alban Hills with...

19.5.1819

Redaktørerne ved Leipziger Zeitung

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

31.7.1819

Heinrich Keller

Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen

Keller reports that the small model for the monument to the Swiss guards in Lucerne, cf. Dying Li...

8.11.1819

Christian 8.

C.F. Hansen

Christian Frederik has considered to interrupt his grand tour of Europe temporarily in order to g...

19.11.1819

John Gibson

John Crouchley

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

29.12.1819

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

21.1.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

15.2.1820

Jørgen Koch

Christian Frijs

Hermann Ernst Freund is modelling the apostle Thaddaeus in full size for the Church of Our Lady i...

1.4.1820

Jørgen Koch

Christian 8.

Hermann Ernst Freund and Pietro Tenerani will soon begin modelling two small figures probably for...

10.5.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

17.-23.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Canova’s workshop and comments on the sculptor’s works. Then he visits Thorvaldsen’s works...

24.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Celebrates Christmas Eve in the company of Thorvaldsen and other Danes in Rome. They have rice pu...

28.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Thorvaldsen, who gets the idea of enlarging his professorial residence at the Academy of F...

17.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Thorvaldsen in his workshop, where he meets the Russian general Alexander Ivanovich Osterm...

27.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Thorvaldsen, who has modelled a bust of the Austrian Prince Karl Philipp von Schwarzenberg...

28.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Plays host to a large company of noblemen and artists on the occasion of the Danish King Frederik...

30.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

22.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits the German painter Adolf Senff and then Thorvaldsen, who is working on a marble version of...

26.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Thorvaldsen and Rudolf Schadow model and others draw the beautiful Vittoria Caldoni, whom August ...

2.3.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Christian (8.) Frederik visits Thorvaldsen with an offer of a commission for Hermann Ernst Freund...

11.3.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

19.3.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Thorvaldsen has modelled Christ, cf. A82 and the apostles Peter, cf. A86 and Paul, cf. A103 in clay.

2.4.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Has visited Thorvaldsen and is pleased with the sketch, Nysø34, for the statue of Caroline Amalie...

7.4.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Leaves Rome after a long visit. Thorvaldsen and other artists take leave of the royal couple at L...

15.10.1821

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted invites Thorvaldsen to accompany him on visits to collections of antiques.

19.3.1822

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

27.8.1824

John Gibson

John Crouchley

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

27.11.1824

Christian Horneman

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Recommendation of the Danish architect Ole Jørgen Schmidt, who is going to Italy. Horneman’...

24.12.1824

Ludvig Bødtcher

Omnes

Bødtcher’s occasional poem for Christmas Eve 1824 in Rome.

29.1.1825

Redaktørerne ved Nyt Aftenblad

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

1.2.1825 and mid-February 1825

Redaktørerne ved Hesperus, NN

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

20.8.1825

NN, Redaktørerne ved Nyt Aftenblad

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

24.12.1825

F.C. Hillerup

Omnes

The commentary to this song is not available at the moment.

1826

Franz Ludwig Catel, Joseph Anton Koch, Johann Christian Reinhart, Franz Riepenhausen, Johannes Riepenhausen, Johann Martin von Rohden, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Philipp Veit

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

August 1826 - Spring 1827

Carsten Hauch

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

9.7.1826

Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is invited to Sigismund von Neukomm’s birthday party.

15.3.1827

Melchiorre Missirini

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

20.4.1827

Jacques-Ignace Hittorff

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hittorff recommends the architect Felix Wilhelm Kubli, who brings Thorvaldsen a leaflet on his pu...

20.4.1827

Jacques-Ignace Hittorff

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hittorff recommends the architect Felix Wilhelm Kubli, who brings Thorvaldsen a leaflet on his pu...

1828

Redaktørerne ved Archiv for Psychologie, Historie, Literatur og Kunst

Omnes

The King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, visits Thorvaldsen’s, Pietro Tenerani’s, and Johann Martin von Wa...

Probably Spring 1828

Friedrich Thøming

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thøming asks permission to borrow the paintings that Thorvaldsen has bought from him so that he m...

2.1.1829

Istituto di corrispondenza archeologica

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

20.4.1829

Conrad Rantzau

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Rantzau thanks Thorvaldsen for his help during his and Prince Frederik’s (7.) visit to Rome in 18...

10.5.1829

Ludvig Bødtcher

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

28.7.1829

NN

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

8.3.1830

N.C.L. Abrahams

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

8.3.1830

F.C. Hillerup

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

17.3.1830

NN

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

29.3.1830

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

10.4.1830

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

17.5.1830

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

20.12.1830

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

15.3.1831

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

15.9.1831

Jacques-Ignace Hittorff

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hittorff recommends the French architect Jean Pollet. He hopes to see Thorvaldsen and Rome again ...

1832

Redaktørerne ved Dansk Litteratur-Tidende

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

23.12.1832

H.W. Bissen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

H.W. Bissen acknowledges receipt of 50 scudi.

1833

Friedrich Nerly

Omnes

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

18.10.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen attends the reburial of Raphael in the Pantheon, where he sees Thorvaldsen for the first...

21.10.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has visited Christen Christensen, who is working on a portrait of Thorvaldsen, and in Al...

23.10.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has visited Princess Charlotte Frederikke in order to read aloud from his dramatic poem ...

15.11.1833

Christian 8.

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen has been awarded the Silver Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog, and Christian Freder...

18.11.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen describes a Ponte Molle party that he attended with Thorvaldsen and other German and Sca...

29.11.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has been in a tavern in order to take leave of First Lieutenant A.W. Dinesen, who is lea...

3.12.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

In the evening, Andersen went to a tavern where Thorvaldsen, Johann Christian Reinhart, and Peter...

6.12.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen reads aloud from Agnete and the Merman to Thorvaldsen and other artists. Thorvaldsen, wh...

7.12.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has attended an evening of poetry reading at the Accademia Tiberina together with Henrik...

24.12.1833

H.C. Andersen

Omnes

Song for the Scandinavians’ Christmas celebration in Rome 1833.

24.12.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen describes the Christmas celebration of Scandinavian artists and others in Rome 1833.

12.3.1834

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen describes the contrast between Schlick’s and Thorvaldsen’s appearance and habits.

4.1.1835

H.C. Andersen

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

8.3.1835

H.C. Andersen

Omnes

A song composed for the celebration of Thorvaldsen’s Roman birthday in Copenhagen.

10.7.1835

Christian Dalgas

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Dalgas writes that a crate with books and works of art from Edward Collin has been sent on to Tho...

2.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard beretter om sit og forældrenes første besøg hos Thorvaldsen. Han overgår alle forv...

6.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard fortæller om en udflugt i selskab med danske kunstnere til Tivoli øst for Rom. Des...

10.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard har med sine forældre og Petzholdt besøgt maleren Franz Ludwig Catels atelier.

14.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard beretter om en lystig før-juleaften for kunstnere i Rom, hvor hun forsøger at lave...

2.1.1836

John Gibson

Edward Bulwer Lytton

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

27.2.1836

Franz Woltreck

Peter von Cornelius

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

10.9.1836

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

14.12.1836

Benjamin Gibson

John Crouchley

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

20.2.1837

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

6.5.1837

John Gibson

John Crouchley

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

22.8.1837

Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

22.9.1837

Wilhelm Fredric A. Dalman

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

9.6.1838

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Horace Vernet

Thorvaldsen regrets that he has not been able to pass through Paris and see the works that Vernet...

1839

NN

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

1839 [1837]

A.F. Elmquist

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

25.2.1840

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

Fragments of a letter which must have been written over several days because it first says that F...

12.10.1841

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

Shortly before 26.11.1841

Accademia di S. Luca

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Accademia di S. Luca invites Thorvaldsen to a meeting.

30.11.1841

Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

4.12.1841

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

23.12.1841

Christian 8.

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Information about the expected arrival at Leghorn of the frigate Thetis and about the sepulchral ...

7.1.1842

Giacomo Giustiniani

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Giustiniani asks Thorvaldsen to resume his teaching as a professor at the Accademia di S. Luca.

Shortly before 14.1.1842

Accademia di S. Luca

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Accademia di S. Luca invites Thorvaldsen to a council meeting.

Middle January 1842

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Giacomo Giustiniani

Thorvaldsen diplomatically declines the invitation to resume his teaching at the Accademia di S. ...

25.1.1842

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

31.1.1842

Ludvig Müller

Christian 8.

Müller sends a report to Christian 8. on Danish artists in Rome. He gives a detailed description ...

28.4.1842

Ferdinand Flor

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is awarded the order of merit by the Ponte Molle Society, N92.

2.6.1842

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Horace Vernet

Thorvaldsen was to have accompanied Christine Stampe back to Copenhagen via Paris, but he has not...

1.7.1842

C.F. Holbech

Christine Stampe

Holbech’s report on Thorvaldsen’s life at the end of June 1842.

26.9.1842

C.F. Holbech

Christine Stampe

Holbech’s report on Thorvaldsen’s life July and August 1842.

1843

Redaktørerne ved Ny Portefeuille

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

1.1.1843

H.P. Holst, Redaktørerne ved Ny Portefeuille

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

April/May 1844

H.P. Holst

Frederik Barfod

Holst writes about the party celebrating Thorvaldsen’s return to Rome, given on 19.9.1841, and he...

Efter 1858

NN

NN

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

1896 (1841-42)

Wilhelm August Rudolf Lehmann

Omnes

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.