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Criticism of Thorvaldsen's Works, Positive

See Related Article on this subject: Reception of Thorvaldsen's Works

See also: Patriarch of the Bas-Relief · Idolizing Thorvaldsen · Criticism of Thorvaldsen's Works, Negative · Contemporary Reproductions of Thorvaldsen's Works · Thorvaldsen as Phidias or Praxiteles

11.8.1793

J.H. Bärens

Omnes

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6.3.1804

Fonden ad usus publicos

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The foundation ad usus publicos grants Thorvaldsen 300 Danish rix-dollars due to his progress in ...

24.9.1804

Herman Schubart

C.F.F. Stanley

Thorvaldsen is at Montenero, and Schubart writes enthusiastically about The Dance of the Muses on...

19.7.1805

Herman Schubart

C.F.F. Stanley

Schubart thanks Stanley for his letter and asks him to tell Thorvaldsen that he will soon receive...

12.4.1806

Arnold Wallick

Christian 8.

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17.11.1808

Charlotte Schimmelmann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Schimmelmann is happy that the baptismal font, cf. A555,1, A555,2, A555,3, A555,4 is finished. Sh...

4.2.1809

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Charlotte Schimmelmann

Thorvaldsen is grateful for Schimmelmann’s praise of the baptismal font, cf. A555,1, A555,2, A555...

1810

Giuseppe Antonio Guattàni

Omnes

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19.5.1810

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

In Thorvaldsen’s workshop, Caroline von Humboldt has again viewed the bust of her husband. She ap...

7.7.1810

Hans West

Christian 8.

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5.3.1811

Hans West

Bertel Thorvaldsen

This cutting is from a newspaper describes Hans West’s art collection in Copenhagen as a meeting ...

Antagelig tidligst december 1811, antagelig senest februar 1815

Conrad Rantzau

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Rantzau asks Thorvaldsen to assist him in listing the works which he commissioned from Thorvaldse...

5.4.1813

Christian Daniel Rauch

Caroline von Humboldt

Thorvaldsen udfører to statuer af karyatider, A55 og A56, der skal flankere en tavle med omtale a...

1814

Tønnes Christian Bruun de Neergaard

Omnes

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Januar 1814

Friedrich Karl Ludwig Sickler

Omnes

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Januar 1815

Friederike Brun

Omnes

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2.12.1815

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted advises Thorvaldsen to return to Denmark, at least for a year. He encloses letters for ...

3.5.1817

Paolo Prossalendi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Prossalendi forwards a commission for a monument to the British governor-general Thomas Maitland,...

3.6.1817

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Humboldt calls Thorvaldsen’s frieze Alexander the Great’s Entry into Babylon “the most perf...

27.10.1817

Redaktørerne ved Grätzer Zeitung

Omnes

Paragraph praising Shepherd Boy, A177, and the bust of Georges Gordon Byron.

2.11.1817

B.S. Ingemann, Børge Henrik Knap

Omnes

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15.1.1818

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt wants Caroline to have Goddess of Hope in marble. He compares Thorvaldsen wi...

16.4.1818

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Caroline von Humboldt thinks that her husband will like her latest buy. She calls Goddess of Hope...

25.5.1818

Friederike Brun

Omnes

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13.6.1818

Vincenz Rüttimann

Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen

Thorvaldsen has not yet made the promised draft of the monument to the fallen Swiss Guards, cf. D...

17.1.1819

Franziska Caspers

Charlotte Thierry

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

5.2.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Holger Halling Aagaard

Brøndsted writes that he sees Thorvaldsen every day. He praises Thorvaldsen’s latest works, Cupid...

13.2.1819

Heinrich Keller

Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen

Keller regrets that work on the model for Dying Lion (The Lucerne Lion), cf. A119, is so slow and...

6.3.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Holger Halling Aagaard

Brøndsted praises Thorvaldsen’s latest sculptures, Dancing Girl, A179, Cupid and the Graces, A29 ...

28.4.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius visited Canova’s workshop. He criticises a number of his works and compares him unfavou...

12.6.1819

Elisabeth Chitrowo

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Elizabeth Chitrowo writes to Thorvaldsen in order to persuade him to execute a bas-relief for a f...

Omkring 3.7.1819

Heinrich Keller

Omnes

Review of the planned monument Dying Lion (The Lucerne Lion), cf. cast A119, in commemoration of ...

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...

23.10.1819

Redaktørerne ved Nyeste Skilderie af Kjøbenhavn

Omnes

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19.11.1819

John Gibson

John Crouchley

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1820

James Elmes

Omnes

A description of the sculpture gallery at Woburn Abbey, including three works by Thorvaldsen, Pri...

5.1.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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17.2.1820

Friederike Brun, Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

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Summer 1820

Christian Molbech

Omnes

Molbech’s account of his visit to Rome, in which he compares Thorvaldsen and Canova and describes...

15.6.1820

Friederike Brun, Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

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31.7.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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Tidligst 10.8.1821, senest ultimo 1822

Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Pfyffer von Altishoffen sends Thorvaldsen some material regarding the monument Dying lion (The Lu...

7.1.1822

Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound

Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound

The Earl of Minto describes a visit to Thorvaldsen’s and Canova’s workshops and compa...

31.1.1823

Rudolf Emanuel Wettstein

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Wettstein asks Thorvaldsen for a recommendation of the Swiss painter Hieronimus Hess. He has hear...

16.12.1823

Jørgen Conrad de Falsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Falsen reminds Thorvaldsen that he has commissioned a monument to his late wife. However, the mem...

26.4.1824

Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

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4.4.1826

Redaktørerne ved Nyeste Skilderie af Kjøbenhavn

Omnes

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17.4.1826

Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

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12.2.1828

NN

Omnes

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3.8.1829

Thomas Hope

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hope gratefully acknowledges receipt of Jason with the Golden Fleece, A822, the portrait busts of...

22.10.1829

NN

Omnes

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9.3.1830

Redaktørerne ved Nyeste Skilderie af Kjøbenhavn

Omnes

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16.3.1830

NN

Omnes

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17.3.1830

NN

Omnes

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30.6.1830

NN

Omnes

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1831

Rembrandt Peale

Omnes

Peale describes his impression of Thorvaldsen, his works, and his studio practice. He is critical...

24. - 27. juni 1831

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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1.3.1831

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Mendelssohn has seen George Gordon Byron, cf. A130, in clay during a visit to Thorvaldsen’s works...

16.8.1831

Redaktørerne ved Kunst-Blatt

Omnes

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19.11.1831

Redaktørerne ved Dansk Litteratur-Tidende

Omnes

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23.11.1831

Charles Monck

Omnes

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31.1.1833

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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24.6.1833

Anselmo Ronchetti

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ronchetti thanks Thorvaldsen warmly for the bust of Lord Byron, who will now live on not only thr...

13.3.1834

NN

Omnes

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20.9.1835

Redaktørerne ved Allgemeine Zeitung

Omnes

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29.3.1836

Wolfgang Menzel

Omnes

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8.4.1836

Ludvig Bødtcher

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bødtcher worries that Thorvaldsen has not received his latest letter, sent through the painter Al...

10.9.1836

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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26.10.1836

Redaktørerne ved Allgemeine Zeitung

Omnes

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1.3.1837

Wilhelm Marstrand

M. Raffenberg

Marstrand skriver, at Thorvaldsen nok snart vender tilbage til Danmark. Han roser hans arbejde og...

16.3.1837

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten, F.C. Olsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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8.6.1837

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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22.9.1837

Wilhelm Fredric A. Dalman

Omnes

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29.4.1839

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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13.6.1839

Redaktørerne ved Dannevirke

Omnes

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25.1.1840

George Scharf

Omnes

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28.1.1840

George Scharf

Omnes

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11.9.1840

Redaktørerne ved Dansk Folkeblad

Omnes

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18.9.1840

Redaktørerne ved Dansk Folkeblad

Omnes

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1841

Chr. K.F. Molbech

Omnes

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Sandsynligvis sommeren 1842

Marie Lehmann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Marie Puggaard is impatient for news from Thorvaldsen and hopes that he will remain in Rome until...

26.7.1842

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

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1843

NN

Omnes

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9.4.1844

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 17th part of YY in all.

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 44th part of YY in all.The c...

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 45th part of YY in all.The c...

26.5.1845

Redaktørerne ved Fædrelandet

Omnes

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1847

NN

Omnes

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December 1847

NN

Omnes

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28.4.1847

Redaktørerne ved Dannevirke

Omnes

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24.5.1859

Redaktørerne ved Fædrelandet, NN

Omnes

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