The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 4.5.1829

Horneman here refers to the practice of covering the private parts of the statues with a fig leaf. Christian 8.’s table decorations, consisting of miniature versions of ten of Thorvaldsen’s best-known works (among them also Venus, cf. A12 and Cupid Triumphant, cf. A22, mentioned here) were also equipped with fig leaves at some point, cf. the related article Christian 8.’s Table Decoration.

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