My pic on this sunday is from one of my favourite churches, the church of our Lady in Copenhagen. The church originally had a baptismal font of wood, and it was not a question of ordering a new one, but since 1823, Thorvaldsen himself worked to create a baptismal font in a whole new form. In 1828 the building commission came to the conclusion that Thorvaldsen worked with a baptismal font, where a kneeling angel is carrying a scallop and asked if it was possible to get it to the church. In 1833 the baptismal font arrived in Copenhagen with many other sculptures from Italy.
In the visual arts there is a long tradition of angels assisting in baptism. From the 1700s, many examples of floating angels carrying a scallop, baptismal feather or a lion to the baptismal monk are known, and Skt. Petri Church, which is opposite Our Lady's church, had a standing angel with a scallop years before. In Rome, Thorvaldsen has probably also known the great angels who stand in several churches at the entrance by the holy water.
The scallop is naturally related to water and traditionally for baptism and rebirth. As the scallop can contain the most beautiful gem, the angel produces the most beautiful gift, namely baptism. In a medieval tradition, Mary is compared with a scallop and Jesus with the most beautiful gem. #church#vorfruekirke#ourlady#thorvaldsen#dåbensengel#sundaychurch#myfavouritechurch#scallop#mussel#jesus#dåb#copenhagen#visitdenmark#visitcopenhagen#picsofmycity#instacopenhagen#sharethecity#opdagdanmark
The reliefs Night and Day that hang opposite each other at the Museum, are #Thorvaldsen ’s most popular reliefs. As opposites they represent the two halves of a day, and together symbolise the wholeness of a day. #Day personified flies actively across the sky with her head held high. She looks over her shoulder and fixes her gaze on the small torch-bearing boy here proudly symbolizing the light and the sun. #Night personified floats passively over the sky with her neck bent. Her eyes are closed as is the eyes of the children in her embrace. Her hair is braided with poppies, with their sleep-inducing capacities, known since Antiquity.
Ganymede Feeding an Eagle, Bertel Thorvaldsen, 1817. Boston Athenæum Trustees Room. This nineteenth century revival of a first century B.C. Greek sculpture carries a message of freedom and democracy. Ganymede wears a Phrygian cap — sign of a free citizen, and nurtures the eagle — a symbol of democracy. #bostonathenaeum#tenandahalf#thorvaldsen#bertelthorvaldsen#democracy
Before christmas I drove past Nysø Manor wich is beautifully located near Præstø in the southeast of the Danish island of Sealand. It was built in 1673 for Jens Lauridsen, a local functionary.
It now houses the Thorvaldsen Collection, a group of works by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who lived and worked there in his later years.
It is the first manor house in Denmark to be designed in the baroque style and it is built in red brick and sandstone with a red-tiled roof and a granite plinth as a foundation. It is thought to be the work of master builder Ewert Jannsen who probably also built Charlottenborg Palace in Copenhagen shortly afterwards.
Nysø is especially known for its role in the Danish cultural golden age of the early-to-mid-19th century when Baron Henrik Stampe and his wife Christine played host to many famous writers and artists, including Hans Christian Andersen and the sculptor Thorvaldsen.
Thorvaldsen who had a studio in the house spent much of his last six years there. #nysø#manor#palace#castle#castles#slot#slotte#chateau#schloss#gods#thorvaldsen#hcandersen#fairytale#thorvaldsensamlingen#præstø#baroquesplendour#baroque#barok#goldenage
Day trip to Copenhagen getting some inspo from Gottlieb Bindesbøll’s (in my opinion) masterpiece, inspired by ancient polychrome architecture. It’s home to the collection of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1840). He followed the building of the museum but did not live to see its opening in 1848. He is buried in the museum courtyard. #thorvaldsen#bindesbøll#coolfloors
8. december. KÆMPEBJØRNEKLO . ▶️▶️▶️ Stemplet som invasiv og uønsket er bjørnekloene saft giftig, den er stor, ekstremt livskraftig og overskygger alt andet, hvor den slår rod. En sejlivet myte fortæller, at dens frø kom til København fra Rom med Thorvaldsens skulpturer. Camilla Berner har skitseret et projekt, hvor den indre gård på hans museum fyldes med bjørneklo, og på udstillingens væg “vokser” en laserskåret 2,5 m høj variant. De bliver op til 4 m høje. Læs mere på www.vejenkunstmuseum.dk, hvor kunstneren på film fortæller om dagens låge - eller læs om den i Jydske Vestkysten. 🌱🌿🕊🌳👩🏼🎨🌳🕊🌿🌱
Giant Hogweed is a non indigenous unwanted plant in Denmark. A story goes it was bought to Denmark with the sculptures of Bertel Thorvaldsen. Camilla Berner in 2008 made a proposal for a show at his museum with the courtyard full of Giant Hogweed. There’s one on the wall in the exhib. cut out of plywood. It’s 2,5 m tall - they grow right up to 4 m. 🌱🌿🕊🌳👩🏼🎨🌳🕊🌿🌱
#vejenkunstmuseum#kunst#art#vejenartmuseum#camillaberner#udstilling#exhibition#christmas#jul#julekalender#kalender#calender#bjørneklo#thorvaldsen#gianthogweed#thorvaldsensmuseum @thorvaldsensmuseum #hogweed#sølyst
Statues, gardens, fountains, murals, oh my!@villacarlotta_lakecomo - a 17th century villa housing an incredible collection of art. Lots of room for the kiddos to explore. They especially love the turtle pond, pointing out the many buttcheeks in the museum, and the tunnel of citrus. The ferry from Bellagio to Cadenabbia and the walk to Tremezzo, are half the fun because the views are spectacular! Side note: Our toddler threw a shoe into the lake. #view#canova#thorvaldsen#hayez#eros#psyche#art#beauty