A genio lumen (Kunsten og lysets genius) CC0
Bertel Thorvaldsen
: Bertel (Albert, Alberto) Thorvaldsen
: 19.11.1770
: 24.03.1844
: dansk

A Genio Lumen (The Genius of Art and Light) , 1808

Plaster. 50,5 x 66,5 cm
Inventory number: A517

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The Latin phrase in the title is translated as “From genius light”, or, if we are to understand it more clearly, “From genius comes light”. The old-fashioned concept of genius means “guardian spirit” or simply “spirit”. In the relief it is seen how the artist, here a woman drawing or writing, receives the light, i.e. the inspiration necessary for the creative process, from the winged genius who is pouring oil on the lamp.