The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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Presumably 1844 Buys Emil Andersen’s (1817-1845) painting The Good Samaritan, B195.
Not earlier than 1844 The Dance of the Muses on Helicon, A340, carved by Georg Christian Freund after A341 under the supervision of H.W. Bissen.
January - February 1844 The Genius of Peace and Freedom, A529.
12.1.1844 Visits the painter C.W. Eckersberg in the company of Christine Stampe and her sister Susette Schouw.
20.1.1844 Honorary member of the British and Foreign Institute in London.
7.2.1844 Probably attends J.F. Schouw’s birthday party with, amomg others, Christine Stampe.
12.2.1844 Gives Christine and Henrik Stampe a version of Melpomene for their wedding anniversary.
Middle of February 1844 The Genius of Poetry, A527.
26.2.1844 Attends an artists’ masquerade, which is held in a theatre in Lille Kannikestræde 14, Copenhagen.
5.3.1844 Christine Stampe’s sister Susette Schouw dies.
8.3.1844 Thorvaldsen’s Roman birthday is celebrated quietly. Sees Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Completed 8.3.1844 The Genius of Sculpture, A523.
18.3.1844 Italian flower girl, C1035.
20.3.1844 Thorvaldsen suffers from chest pain.
21.3.1844 The Genius of Sculpture, A524, chalk sketch on slate.
22.3.1844 Dinner at Christine Stampe’s, with Julia Raben-Levetzau (1808-1888) and others.
Followed by a concert in The Cathedral of Our Lady with the students’ choral society.
23.3.1844 N.L. Høyen delivers his famous lecture On the Conditions for the Development of a National Art in Scandinavia in the Scandinavian Society in Copenhagen. Thorvaldsen is mentioned as a particularly Nordic artist. A song by H.P. Holst is sung in the sculptor’s honour, and he is toasted in absentia.
23.3.1844 Visits Ernst Meyer accompanied by Christine Stampe. Meets Gottlieb Bindesbøll at the museum. Then visits Louise Augusta Müller (1778-1852).
23.3.1844 Goes to meet the Crown Prince Frederik (7.), but he is not at home.
23.3.1844 Dinner at the home of A.C. Kierulff’s. Jørgen Koch accompanies Thorvaldsen home.
Not later than 24.3.1844 Head of Martin Luther, Nysø75, preparatory work for A188.
24.3.1844 Martin Luther, A188, Thorvaldsen’s last work, not finished.
24.3.1844 Visits Martinus Rørbye with Christine Stampe. Sees Rørbye’s painting Harbour scene, Palermo, B287, which Thorvaldsen acquired.
24.3.1844 Dinner with Oehlenschläger, H.C. Andersen, Ernst Meyer, Constantin Hansen and others at Christine and Henrik Stampe.
24.3.1844 Happens to meet C.W. Eckersberg at 6pm in Kronprinsessegade.
24.3.1844 Thorvaldsen dies at 6.11 pm in the Royal Theatre during the 1st movement of the German composer Ferdinand Ries’ 6th symphony, – before the first performance of the play Griseldis by the Austrian poet and playwright Friedrich Halm (1806-1871).
24.3.1844 H.W. Bissen becomes one of the executors of Thorvaldsen’s estate. He executes and supervises the completion of Thorvaldsen’s unfinished works in marble.
25.3.1844 Thorvaldsen’s death mask, L668, is taken by Venanzio Orlandi.
26.3.1844 J.L. Lund and C.W. Eckersberg visit Thorvaldsen’s deathbed “in order to see [his] face once more”.
26.3.1844 Thorvaldsen’s body is examined postmortem.
27.3.1844 The preparation for the ceremonial hall of the Academy of Fine Arts at Charlottenborg for Thorvaldsen’s funeral begins.
29.3.1844 The ceremonial hall of the Academy of Fine Arts is prepared for Thorvaldsen’s funeral. The floor is covered in black, and the room is hung with black cloth. At noon Thorvaldsen’s dead body is placed in the hall.
29.3.1844 Thorvaldsen lies in state in the ceremonial hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
30.3.1844 Thorvaldsen’s coffin is closed in the presence of among Crown Prins Frederik (7.) Christian, among others. Then the coffin is taken in monumental procession from Charlottenborg to the Church of Our Lady.
30.3.1844 Thorvaldsen’s funeral at the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen.
31.3.1844 - 18.9.1848 Victoria, executed by H.W. Bissen and placed on the roof of Thorvaldsen’s museum, cf. A48.
Presumably April 1844 C.F. Wilckens is given Thorvaldsen’s Order of the Dannebrog by Christian 8.
8.4.1844 Memorial ceremony at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
9.4.1844 Memorial ceremony at the Royal Theatre: Prologue by J.L. Heiberg, recited by Johanne Luise Heiberg, overture by J.P.E. Hartmann and Adam Oehlenschläger’s Hakon Jarl.
15.4.1844 in an audience with Christian 8., Adam Oehlenschläger recites a poem about Thorvaldsen.
7.5.1844 Commemorated in a ceremony in the masonic lodges Friedrich zur gekrönten Hoffnung and Zorobabel til Nordstjernen in Copenhagen.
13.5.1844 Memorial ceremony for Thorvaldsen in Slagelse art society.
24.5.1844 Memorial ceremony for Thorvaldsen in Studenterforeningen (The Students’ Association) in Copenhagen with music, poems, and speeches. The ceremony took place at the University.
28.5. - 8.6.1844 H.C. Andersen completes his En biografisk Skizze (A Biographical Sketch) of Thorvaldsen. It is published 30.12.1844 – 3.1.1845.
Summer 1844 Thiele finds the greater part of Thorvaldsen’s letters, documents etc. in the basement of Casa Buti.
1.6.1844 Memorial ceremony in the Academy of Fine Art in Berlin.
Middle of June 1844 Frederik Barfod’s anthology of Danish source texts on Thorvaldsen – Thorvaldsensk Album (A Thorvaldsen Album) is published.
23.6.1844 Memorial ceremony in the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.
26.6.1844 Lermodellen til Æskulap, jf. skitsen A20, styrter sammen i Thorvaldsens værksted. Andreas Kolberg var i gang med modelleringen. Tidligere – antagelig i december 1843 – var en arm faldet af modellen.
6.10.1844 Fregatten Gefion sejler fra Livorno lastet med Thorvaldsens værker og ejendele fra hans dødsbo.
17.11.1844 Fregatten Gefion ankommer til København med nogle af Thorvaldsens værker og ejendele.