The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 10034 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.

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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

  • 10.034 Documents total
  • 8.244 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 1.790 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 761 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.831 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.442 To and from others
  • 3.338 In Italian
  • 4.149 In Danish
  • 1.747 In German
  • 653 In French
  • 93 In English
  • 54 Other languages
  • 40.941 Commentaries
  • 447 Related Articles
  • 415 Subjects
  • 3.160 Persons

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