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Arrives in Rome. The date was later known as “Thorvaldsen’s Roman birthday”.

Primary sources

  • Passport dated 28.2.1797 from Fabrizio Ruffo to Thorvaldsen.
  • Letter dated 11.3.1797 from Carl Ludwig Fernow to Johann Pohrt, see Carl Ludwig Fernow: Römische Briefe an Johann Pohrt 1793-1798, Berlin 1944, p. 214 [Fernow claims erroneously that Thorvaldsen arrived by sea from Naples].
  • Letter dated 19.8.1797 from Thorvaldsen to Academy of Fine Arts.
  • Attestation dated 7.1.1801 from Georg Zoëga to Thorvaldsen.
  • Christoph Heinrich Pfaff: Lebenserinnerungen von Christoph Heinrich Pfaff, Doctor der Chemie und Medicin…, Kiel 1854, p. 95 [Pfaff writes that Thorvaldsen rode with him in his carriage from Naples to Rome].
  • Thiele I, p. 102.

Other references

Last updated 29.05.2018