Thorvaldsen Museum

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Thorvaldsen Museum with Christiansborg Palace
Thorvaldsens Museum as seen from the canal

The Thorvaldsen Museum is a single-artist museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, dedicated to the art of Danish neoclassicistic sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844), who lived and worked in Rome for most of his life (1796–1838). The museum is located on the small island of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen next to Christiansborg Palace. Designed by Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll, the building was constructed from 1838-48 following a public collection of funds in 1837.

The building[edit]

The building is strongly inspired by antique Greek architecture and built around an inner courtyard where the artist is buried. It is particularly noteworthy for its unique use of colors both inside and outside. Every room in the museum has a unique ceiling decoration in the grotesque style. The outside is adorned with a frieze depicting Thorvaldsen's homecoming from Rome in 1838 made by Jørgen Sonne (da). [1]

Collections[edit]

The museum displays a comprehensive collection of the artist's works in marble as well as plaster, including the original plaster models used in the making of cast bronze and marble statues and reliefs, which are now on display in museums, churches, and at other locations around the world. The museum also features paintings, Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiques, drawings, and prints that Thorvaldsen collected during his lifetime, as well as a wide array of personal belongings that he used in his work and everyday life.

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonnes frise". Thorvaldsens Museum. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

Coordinates: 55°40′36″N 12°34′42″E / 55.6767°N 12.5783°E / 55.6767; 12.5783