Se volessimo fare il gioco semiserio di stabilire una periodizzazione interna al neoclassicismo dovremmo riconoscervi almeno tre microsezioni: la prima è quella della pura teoresi, di Winckelmann, dunque degli artisti teorici che si riuniscono attorno a lui, come Mengs, la sensibile Angelika Kaufman, in Francia Vien, in fondo lo stesso Piranesi, anche se con idee tutte sue rispetto al resto del gruppo. La seconda è quella dei grandi nomi, David e Canova, personalità talmente forti che fungono da attrattori per il resto d' Europa e, attraverso le pratiche, fissano uno stile. Infine una terza linea temporale, meno direttamente politica della precedente, che davvero pratica il culto della bellezza ideale, ma in maniera così radicale da giungere a risultati opposti: il feroce manierismo di Ingres, che in nome della bellezza ideale deforma le figure e il culto classico della forma davvero radicale di Thorvaldsen. Quest' ultimo tra gli artisti neoclassici è quello più vicino alle teorizzazioni di Winckelmann, fino ad esserne, con mezzi poetici ben maggiori di Mengs, il vero traduttore in arte. Vicino fin quasi alla perversione: tutta la prima produzione di Thorvaldsen è una puntuale risposta a Canova e a David: laddove nei secondi tutto era lieve fremito rigorosamente controllato, qui il sentimento è radicalmente escluso o è sottile increspatura, aggiunta per non rendere la statua una semplice posa. Se Winckelmann tradisce, come scrive Franco Rella, l' ambizione a un corpo morto, senza viscere, pura linea allucinata, Thorvaldsen lo segue, cercando al massimo di limarne le asperità: il soggetto di Canova e David è nevrotico, rimuove il desiderio, quello di Thorvaldsen è paranoide, lo forclude. Pure, nell'ultimo periodo della carriera appare in Thorvaldsen una vena ironica sempre taciuta, non si sa se frutto della saggezza dell' età o sempre esistita sotto traccia. Tutto era sogno della ragione che, si sa, genera mostri
This is the home of JC Carlsberg. He built this home when he moved out here with his wife, Laura, and his young son Carl. Laura didn’t want to live there because she was afraid that it would ruin her social life since she was outside of the city and everyone would forget about her. But, Laura honey, you have the beer, the gardens, and a new house, and the beer. So, duh, the parties all moved to Laura’s house!! Pasteur and Andersen all partied at Laura’s House! Cool 😎 until JC dies and writes his son out of the will (asshole, remember) and gives EVERYTHING to the Carlsberg Foundation. EVERYTHING except the house where Laura and Carl can live for free until they die. Carl hated his dad so much that he never lived there as an adult. When Laura dies the house goes to the trust and they decide to make it free housing for a scientist. A scientist could apply to live and work there and they could have it for life. For. Free. And..: guess WHO got to live there?!?!? None other than Mr-Order-of-the-Elephant Niels Bohr!!! Yup! Lesson: if you are Danish and become famous, your Danish peeps will hook you up!!! BTW, #Thorvaldsen never got to party with Laura. He dies in 1844 and the house was built in 1854~ish. I asked... but JC loved Thorvaldsen and hooked him up beforehand because #Danish ! .
#københavn#aroundtheworld#espinosa_no_lotz 😫 #Carlsberg#carlsbergbrewery#carlsbergmuseum#thorvaldsenwasabigdeal#knittingadventure2018#beer
Ok... last Thorvaldsen post. (Sort of... you’ll see) two very important works by this guy- (let’s just call him BT or Alberto like his Italian friends called him) the Jason and Byron. Jason is monster-sized and stands in the entrance stairwell because he’s that big! Colossal sized Jason is what truly started it all for BT when a rich banker saw it and commissioned him to make it in marble. And the Byron- we’ll, they didn’t like each other. But BT’s game was so huge that getting your bust done by him was “the thing to do” in Rome at the time! HA! And #hegotpaidtho#thorvaldsen#thorvalsensmuseum#thorvaldsenwasabigdeal#københavn#lotzpinosa#aroundtheworld#art#sculpture
You know what this is?!? Thorvaldsens personal Gemstone, coin, and antique vase collection. This guy banked on his art. He was commissioned by the Vatican for a statue of Pope Pius VII and is the only non Italian to have been commissioned for a piece in the Vatican. He wasn’t even a catholic. He was Protestant and the church still wanted his work so badly they said make it for us but don’t put your name on it, cause that might look bad on us. Because, after Canova dies- Thorvaldsen is top dog and the best. He was paid like 20,000 Roman crowns for it. Don’t know what that is today but it sounds like a lot and all this cash enabled him to collect all this stuff (which was expensive. Think: he collected gems and Antigue vases!!) #thorvaldsensmuseum#thorvaldsen#lotzpinosa#aroundtheworld#beautyeverywhere#thorvaldsenwasabigdeal#københavn
Thorvaldsen’s work in order. The Copernicus, Gutenberg, the Graces, Venus, Jason, Mars, and Mercury. These statues are full size and detailed in a very classical style. Even though Thorvaldsen worked in a period where sculpture was transitioning to realism he was a rigid believer in the classical forms. He got to work in Rome with masters of sculpture and was seen as the successor to Canova (remember that Perseus Triumphant from the #glyptoteket ??) He came from Danish- Icelandic parents of humble means but his talent got him patrons from all over Europe and a lot of cash!! #københavn#lotzpinosa#aroundtheworld#beautyeverywhere#nordicadventures#thorvaldsen#thorvaldsenwasabigdeal
The masterpiece Lion of Lucerne -1820-21. poignant monument to the fallen.
(nb: a have a sibling who works from Lucerne .he sent me this, pointing out the interesting fact that the artisan #Thorvaldsen wasnt paid in full, so he carved the
outline of a pig in the relief rock surrounding!.) #payyourartisans#thelionoflucerne#schweizCH
pic: thks maurice.
Thorvaldsen's delightful sculpture of Russia's empress Maria Feodorovna - not to be confused with her later namesake, also Maria Feodorovna who grew up known as Princess Dagmar of Denmark.
This lovely statue was comissioned during Feodorovna's visit to Rome, where Bertel Thorvaldsen worked for many years. He was a central person in the Danish artist colony in the mid-1850s.
The second Maria Feodorovna was the mother of the last of the Russian czars. She also inspired artists; the Russian court's jeweler Fabergė created his jeweled eggs as annual gifts to Maria Feodorovna for Easter.