History of Thorvaldsens museum at Copenhagen

Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) lived and worked in Rome for most of his life. He was strongly influenced by Italian art and more generally by Mediterranean art; It is a neoclassical artist. On his return to Denmark he offered his whole collection of works of art to the Danish people; The royal family donated land and a public collection made it possible to entrust to Michael Bindesboll the construction of a museum; It was completed in 1848. The entire museum recalls the artist's passion for Greece, Rome and Egypt. It is built around an inner courtyard where it is buried: it is decorated with multiple elements of Egyptian art. The museum contains sculptures and also paintings by the artist, works of art collected by him, and personal effects.

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