The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 8.8.1806

As is well known, Thorvaldsen did not return to Copenhagen in 1806 or the years immediately after.
However, it it surprising that he was considering leaving Rome at this time. He had tried to solve the problem himself by asking Nicolai Abildgaard in Copenhagen to further the process concerning the commissions for Christiansborg, which Thorvaldsen would be able to execute in Rome. See his letter of 18.6.1806 and also his cohabitant, C.F. Høyer’s letter of 18.6.1806.
A commission for works, however, did not arrive until 31.12.1806 from C.F. Hansen.

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