The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Jason and the Hope Commission

According to Prof. Franco Turchi, visual artist and leader of the Laboratory for Construction at the Academy of Fine Arts, it is common practice to humidify marble before starting to carve it, in order to minimize disturbance from stone dust. This strongly suggests that it was not out of concern for his materials that Thorvaldsen did not dare to work in his humid workshop.

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