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Albert Küchler: Colonel and Mrs Paulsen, 1838. In 1832, Thorvaldsen’s daughter Elisa married the rather older Colonel Fritz Paulsen. When he was preparing to return to Denmark in 1838, Thorvaldsen commissioned Küchler to paint a portrait of his daughter, son-in-law and the two grandchildren.Albert Küchler: Colonel and Mrs Paulsen, 1838. In 1832, Thorvaldsen’s daughter Elisa married the rather older Colonel Fritz Paulsen. When he was preparing to return to Denmark in 1838, Thorvaldsen commissioned Küchler to paint a portrait of his daughter, son-in-law and the two grandchildren.

THORVALDSEN'S DESCENDANTS

Thorvaldsen never married, but he had two children with Anna Maria Uhden. In 1806 their son Carlo Alberto came into the world, followed in 1813 by a daughter, Elisa. The son died in a drowning accident in 1811, but the daughter lived on and continued the family line. One of Thorvaldsen’s grandsons settled in Sicily, the other emigrated to the USA. The museum still has links with the family.

What happened during Thorvaldsen’s life?
What works did he create and when?
Follow his life and works year by year in the chronological overview in the Archives.
See an overview of where Thorvaldsen’s works are set up and exhibited here.