Thorvaldsen; His Life and Works

Thorvaldsen; His Life and Works

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...statue of the king/' replied the baroness. "Since I have pledged my word, and you will not do it, I must do it myself." The artist laughed heartily, and began to criticise the work. "Do it better yourself, then," said the baroness, pretending to be piqued, "you who make fun of me. I defy you to find anything to alter in my statue." Thorvaldsen could not help taking up the clay to correct the proportions. When he had once begun, he finished the sketch, and afterward modelled the statue,1 which was intended for a marble sarcophagus in one of the chapels of Roeskilde. It was cast in bronze; but its destination was afterward changed, and it is now in the little garden of the Rosenborg Palace. 1 The sketch is in the Museum, but the small plaster model is at Nysoe. The officer sent by the king to see that the sculptor did not neglect the work expressed one day a wish to have the model. The artist, as an excuse not to give it to him, said he had promised it to Madame von Stampe. He told the story to the baroness, who took him at his word, and possessed herself of the plaster. The greater number of the bas-reliefs which bear date of this period1 are signed Nysoe. Thorvaldsen, however, divided his time between country life at Stampeborg and town life in Copenhagen. The ladies made it their pleasure to contribute to the adornment of his city home, and scarcely a day passed without his apartments at the Charlottenborg receiving some new embellishment, ---an object of art, or some piece of feminine handiwork. Everybody in Copenhagen now knew Thorvaldsen, from having visited him in his atelier: but the old man could not recollect the names of so many people, though he remembered their faces. He was often very much embarrassed, more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538374
  • 9781236538376