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Bertel Thorvaldsen

1770 - 1844

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Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish: [ˈpɛɐ̯tl̩ ˈtsʰɒːˌvælˀsn̩]; 19 November 1770 – 24 March 1844) was a Danish and Icelandic sculptor and medalist of international fame, who spent most of his life (1797–1838) in Italy. Thorvaldsen was born in Copenhagen into a working-class Danish/Icelandic family, and was accepted to the Royal Danish Academy of Art at the age of eleven. Working part-time with his father, who was a wood carver, Thorvaldsen won many honors and medals at the academy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bertel Thorvaldsen has received more than 386,605 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Bertel Thorvaldsen is the 13th most popular sculptor (up from 14th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 35th in 2019) and the most popular Danish Sculptor.

Bertel Thorvaldsen is most famous for his sculptures of the Greek gods and goddesses.

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Among sculptors, Bertel Thorvaldsen ranks 13 out of 189Before him are Alberto Giacometti, Camille Claudel, Lysippos, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Antonio Canova, and Constantin Brâncuși. After him are Scopas, Alexander Calder, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Giambologna, Marie Tussaud, and Henry Moore.

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Among people born in 1770, Bertel Thorvaldsen ranks 5Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Frederick William III of Prussia, and Friedrich Hölderlin. After him are Louis-Nicolas Davout, William Wordsworth, François Gérard, Anton Reicha, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, Princess Carolina of Parma, and Louis-Gabriel Suchet. Among people deceased in 1844, Bertel Thorvaldsen ranks 6Before him are John Dalton, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Joseph Bonaparte, Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, and Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. After him are Joseph Smith, Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ivan Krylov, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Ching Shih, and Charles Nodier.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Bertel Thorvaldsen ranks 34 out of 893Before him are Maria Feodorovna (1847), Saxo Grammaticus (1150), Ubba (1000), Frederick VIII of Denmark (1843), Haakon VII of Norway (1872), and Harald Bluetooth (935). After him are Victor Borge (1909), Johannes V. Jensen (1873), Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (1946), Frederick V of Denmark (1723), Lars von Trier (1956), and Frederick III of Denmark (1609).

Among SCULPTORS In Denmark

Among sculptors born in Denmark, Bertel Thorvaldsen ranks 1After him are Olafur Eliasson (1967), Robert Jacobsen (1912), and Jens Galschiøt (1954).