Vulkan CC0
Bertel Thorvaldsen
: Bertel (Albert, Alberto) Thorvaldsen
: 19.11.1770
: 24.03.1844
: dansk
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Vulcan, 1861
Completed by Brynjulf Larsen Bergslien under the supervision of H.W. Bissen after the original plaster model 1838, A9

Marble. 239 cm
Inventory number: A8

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Vulcan is the god of fire and acts as the Olympus blacksmith. We see him with an open tunic during a brief pause from his work, and he has put down his tools. At his feet lie the weapons that it is his task to make for gods and heroes. The god of war, Mars, is naturally one of those who take most weapons from him, but it is Vulcan’s tragedy that Mars is his rival at the same time. For Mars is having an affair with Vulcan’s wife, the beautiful Venus. So if melancholy seems to have taken over the hard-working smith, this might be the reason.