Henrik Hielmstierne

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Henrik Henriksen (1715-80), as he was originally called, was the son of a wealthy merchant. He trained in the fields of theology and law. From 1740-42 he undertook a Grand Tour of Europe, in the course of which he established contact with scholars and forged influential diplomatic connections. He was ennobled in 1747 after which he adopted the name of Hielmstierne. He acted as a high court judge, a privy counsellor and the president of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Hielmstierne was particularly interested in history and literature. His collection of books today constitutes one of the most outstanding specialist collections in the Royal Library. Modelled after a plaster cast of a bust by Hartman Beeken and J.L. Lund's drawing D1581 after Jens Juel's painting images%2f0fb5093ad0c410af5d5b4c4f5a78b89bdc2d499d
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Thorvaldsens Museum opened on 18 September 1848 and was the first public museum building in Denmark. The characteristic museum building was built to exhibit the extensive life’s work of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and today still looks more or less as it did when it opened over 150 years ago. Thorvaldsens Museum also contains Thorvaldsen's drawings and sketches for sculptures and reliefs. In addition Thorvaldsen was a passionate collector, so the museum also exhibits his extensive collections of paintings from his own time and collections of artworks and objects from Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquity. The museum also shows changing exhibitions that go into greater depth with aspects of the permanent collections, including contemporary art.


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