The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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Thorvaldsen is invited by the King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm 3. to compete with the sculptor Antonio Canova for the execution of a monument to Queen Luise. Instead, Thorvaldsen passes on the commission to his pupil Christian Daniel Rauch. See Thorvaldsen’s sketch C182r, which may be connected with Luise’s monument.

Primary sources

  • Letter dated 12.11.1810 from Thorvaldsen to Wilhelm von Humboldt.
  • Letter dated 8.12.1810 from Thorvaldsen to Hans West.

Other references

Last updated 13.02.2020