The collections at Thorvaldsens Museum consist of Thorvaldsen’s own sculptures and his extensive collections of contemporary art of his time, of antique Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects, of other artists’ sculptures, medals, letters, books, personal objects etc. He donated everything to his native city Copenhagen, on the condition that a museum was built to house them.
The collections at Thorvaldsens Museum are, unlike most other museums, centred on the works of a single artist and a single artist’s interest in collecting.
Among Thorvaldsen’s contemporaries there was a great interest in Antiquity, and art in Thorvaldsen’s period was strongly influenced by Classical Antiquity, hence the name of the style: Neo-Classicism.
Thorvaldsen was a keen collector and apart from his sculptures the Museum houses his collections of paintings, drawings, antique objects and much more.
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