Thorvaldsen's Plaster Casts from the Antique and 1400-1800: The Roman Plaster Cast Market 1750-1840 [Hardback]

Jan Zahle (Author); Ole Haupt (Author); Hans Effenberger (Other); Thomas Christiansen (Other)

ISBN: 9788771843590 | Published by: Aarhus University Press | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 652p, H274 x W245 (mm) Illustrations, color

Thorvaldsen's Plaster Casts from the Antique and 1400-1800


The Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) was recognized in all of Europa as one of the leading artists of the time. He lived in Rome from 1797-1838, where he built a comprehensive collection of plaster casts, mainly after antique sculpture. The collection is unique because of its importance as a database of shapes and motives for one of Denmark’s most important artists, but also because of its good condition. The collection is therefore a valuable source when we want to understand the trade and distribution of casts in the first half of the 19th century – not just in a Danish context, but an international one too. In Thorvaldsen and his Plaster Casts, Ph.D and former director of Den Kgl. Afstøbningssamling (the Royal Cast Collection), Jan Zahle, presents a complete mapping and reevaluation of Thorvaldsens Museum’s cast collection. With Zahle’s research of the collection, the Roman market for casts and their importance for Thorvaldsen’s art, a completely new base has been created for studying cast collections. The publication also presents a rich, and in some cases previously unknown, collection of sources from archives in Denmark and other countries and from the digital archives of the museum.

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