Yevdokija Ivanovna Golitsyna

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Princess Golitsyna stayed in Rome in the winter of 1803-04 with her sister Countess Irina Vorontsova, who commissioned works from Thorvaldsen's hand. Golitsyna also wanted one of Thorvaldsen's works. During her stay in Rome, she had the sculptor model her portrait, which was later performed in marble. This portrait was unidentified until the art historian Else Kai Sass in 1947 traced a portrait painting which undoubtedly represents Golitsyna. In his basic work on Thorvaldsen's portrait buster, Sass, op. cit., pp. 82-84, the painting with the colossal bust in marble at Thorvaldsens Museum, A304 , and concludes that the two portraits have such similarities that the marble bust must be identified as a portrait of Golitsyna. 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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