The Triumph of Art at Thorvaldsens Museum: Love in Copenhagen

Overview

Thorvaldsens Museum opened in central Copenhagen in 1848. The great Danish sculptor had arranged to donate his own works of art and his collections to the city, provided that the museum be built for the purpose; it would become his tomb. The Museum was decorated with a colourful frieze depicting the triumphant arrival of Thorvaldsen and his magnificent works of art in Copenhagen from the artist's studio in Rome. The dramatic frieze, designed by the Danish artist Jorgen Sonne, made a big splash at the time, and ...
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Overview

Thorvaldsens Museum opened in central Copenhagen in 1848. The great Danish sculptor had arranged to donate his own works of art and his collections to the city, provided that the museum be built for the purpose; it would become his tomb. The Museum was decorated with a colourful frieze depicting the triumphant arrival of Thorvaldsen and his magnificent works of art in Copenhagen from the artist's studio in Rome. The dramatic frieze, designed by the Danish artist Jorgen Sonne, made a big splash at the time, and has captivated visitors ever since. In this learned and lively study of the Museum and its frieze, John Henderson shows how the frieze takes inspiration from classical models, including the Parthenon and Roman monuments, in delivering the finest Neoclassical art, and its cosmopolitan European culture, to the attention of a newly modernized public. This illustrated book breaks new ground in Danish History of Art, bringing an important and unique Danish work of art to an international audience with the blessing of the Museum.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788763501323
  • Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2005
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Welcome to Thorvaldsens Museum : the story of the artist and his legacy 23
Ch. 2 Walls and images : reading the murals of the museum 45
Ch. 3 Copenhagen is not Paris : myth, ideology, and politics visualised in a classical tradition 79
Ch. 4 'Love i Kobenhavn' : tribute to the artist as hero 91
Plans of the Parthenon, Athens and Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen
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