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A brightly-hued homage to Copenhagen’s most celebrated sculptor.

Thorvaldsen Museum, the oldest museum in Denmark, pays tribute to a single artist: the 19th-century sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who carved monuments and busts for the likes of Pope Pius VII, Napoleon and Johannes Gutenberg. The sculptor’s vast collection of neoclassical bronze and marble statues is now housed under one roof on the small, central island of Slotsholmen, displayed alongside his personal repository of antique objects, paintings, personal sketches and belongings. The museum is an architectural as well as a historic triumph. Brought to life by neo-classical architect Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll, Thorvaldsen’s atmospheric and arch-ceilinged salons are painted in bright colors with mosaic floors and Pompeian-style ceilings.

Thorvaldsens Museum
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2
1213 Copenhagen
Denmark

  • Words:
    Oliver Hugemark
  • Photography:
    Cecilie Jegsen
  • Words:
    Oliver Hugemark
  • Photography:
    Cecilie Jegsen
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