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Napoleon Bonaparte

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This monumental bust was executed barely ten years after Napoleon’s death. The bust was commissioned in spring 1829 by one of the period’s numerous admirers of Napoleon the Scottish landowner and politician Alexander Murray of Broughton. Murray wished the bust to correspond to the fashion in which Roman emperors had been portrayed. It was to seem as if Napoleon was being raised on the wings of an eagle up to Olympus, the home of the antique gods and demi-gods. The laurel wreath and the shield are attributes of power.

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Thorvaldsen
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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