Hercules, 1843
Grundtvig names Thorvaldsen Wayland of the North

An Open Archive of Written Sources

Explore 10318 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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Our work was supported 2017-2021 by 15. Juni Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, New Carlsberg Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, and Aage & Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.

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Bertel Thorvaldsen, age 41, drawn by Johannes Riepenhausen

By the Numbers

  • 10.318 Documents total
  • 8.260 In Thorvaldsens Museum
  • 2.058 In other archives
  • 1771-72 Oldest
  • 1896 (1841-42) Youngest
  • 767 From Thorvaldsen
  • 5.842 To Thorvaldsen
  • 3.709 To and from others
  • 3.375 In Italian
  • 4.252 In Danish
  • 1.858 In German
  • 684 In French
  • 95 In English
  • 54 Other languages
  • 45.829 Commentaries
  • 471 Related Articles
  • 420 Subjects
  • 3.235 Persons

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Selected Documents

Male Figure carrying a Box on his back

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