The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Advanced Search

An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 10091 documents – from contracts to love letters – by and about the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Scans and transcripts of all the documents are available, as well as other texts about Thorvaldsen’s work, life, and international context.

Use the Archives as you see fit.

Read more here

Beyond Clichés

When it comes to Thorvaldsen, myths and clichés abound. The Archives allows you to (re)read the sources critically, and interpret them afresh!

By the Numbers

  • 10.091 Documents total
  • 8.244 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.847 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 761 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.829 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.501 To and from others
  • 3.339 In Italian
  • 4.200 In Danish
  • 1.751 In German
  • 654 In French
  • 93 In English
  • 54 Other languages
  • 41.985 Commentaries
  • 449 Related Articles
  • 419 Subjects
  • 3.172 Persons

Find Thorvaldsen's Sculptures in the Archives

Selected Documents

Jan

23

On this Day