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(Danish ˈtɔrvalsən)
(Biography) Bertel (ˈbertəl). 1770–1844, Danish neoclassical sculptor


or Thor•wald•sen

(ˈtʊərˌvɑl sən, ˈθɔr-)

Albert Bertal, 1770–1844, Danish sculptor.
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And while Mark Twain was happy to satirise the 19th-century fad for climbing mountains he adopted a more serious manner when he saw the Lion Monument, designed by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved into a rock in Lucerne to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died in 1792 while protecting the Tuileries from the Parisian mob.
We leave the bus for a short walk to visit the "Lion Monument" a carving in sandstone of a grieving lion leaning on a shield with a Swiss flag Mark Twain once remarked as a tourist himself looking at the monument that it was: "the saddest statute he had ever seen" Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen designed it in memory of Swiss guards who died defending Louis VXI and Marie Antoinette in 1812.
Planeado como el primer museo de Dinamarca, este recinto neoclasico resguarda la extravagante coleccion de Bertel Thorvaldsen y a la vez sirve de autentico mausoleo: en el patio central se localiza la tumba del propio escultor, cuyo minimalismo no mitiga el aura mortuoria que cubre el lugar con la suavidad de un sudario.
It depicts the triumphant arrival of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who had arranged to donate his own works of art, his library, and his collections to the city, from his studio in Rome.
In 1833-4 he travelled extensively through Germany and France to Rome, where he befriended the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, but a few years later he was attacked by another famous Danish contemporary, the philosopher SAren Kierkegaard, over his novel Kun en Spillemand (Only a Fiddler).
Gade and figures such as Bertel Thorvaldsen and Hans Christian Andersen became national heroes, and their works came to serve as symbols of the Danish state.
Most of his life was spent in Rome where he had gone to study with Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen.