Bertel Thorvaldsen, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Bertel Thorvaldsen

Danish sculptor

Date of Birth: 19-Nov-1770

Place of Birth: Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

Date of Death: 24-Mar-1844

Profession: sculptor

Nationality: Denmark

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Bertel Thorvaldsen

  • Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish: [pæ??tl? 't???væl?sn?]; 19 November 1770 – 24 March 1844) was a Danish sculptor of international fame and medallist, who spent most of his life (1797–1838) in Italy.
  • Thorvaldsen was born in Copenhagen into a Danish/Icelandic family of humble means, and was accepted to the Royal Danish Academy of Art when he was eleven years old.
  • Working part-time with his father, who was a wood carver, Thorvaldsen won many honors and medals at the academy.
  • He was awarded a stipend to travel to Rome and continue his education. In Rome, Thorvaldsen made a name for himself as a sculptor.
  • Maintaining a large workshop in the city, he worked in a heroic neo-classicist style.
  • His patrons resided all over Europe.Upon his return to Denmark in 1838, Thorvaldsen was received as a national hero.
  • The Thorvaldsen Museum was erected to house his works next to Christiansborg Palace.
  • Thorvaldsen is buried within the courtyard of the museum.
  • In his time, he was seen as the successor of master sculptor Antonio Canova.
  • His strict adherence to classical norms has tended to estrange modern audiences.
  • Among his more famous public monuments are the statues of Nicolaus Copernicus and Józef Poniatowski in Warsaw; the statue of Maximilian I in Munich; and the tomb monument of Pope Pius VII, the only work by a non-Catholic in St.
  • Peter's Basilica.

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