What better thing to do on a rainy day in Copenhagen than spend a few hours in a museum? And if you happen to be in the city on a Wednesday, why not check out the Thorvaldsen Museum next to Christiansborg Palace (because its free on Wednesdays!)?
Bertel Thorvaldsen was a Danish sculptor who grew up in Copenhagen in the late 18th century and moved to Rome to further his study and become an international star. While his work is displayed around the world in museums including the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and the Louvre in Paris, France, the museum in Copenhagen is the only museum dedicated solely to Thorvaldsen and his life’s work.
Before I went to this museum I knew very little about Thorvaldsen. He had been briefly discussed in my Danish class, but I had no idea how famous he had been in his lifetime nor how beautiful his sculptures are. This beauty begins from the moment you walk into the Great Hall where Thorvaldsen’s most famous and impressive statues are displayed. Walking in and feeling immediately dwarfed by two commanders on horseback at either end of the hall is an incredible feeling which continued throughout my visit.
If you do happen to visit this museum definitely get the free audio tour from the desk in the entryway because the information on it is very informative. It added to my experience and gave my good background info on both Thorvaldsen and the muses he sculpted, specifically the ancient gods. The upper and lower floors also give great insight into more areas of Thorvaldsen’s life including the other types of art he enjoyed collecting and his process for creating his incredible sculptures.
And don’t forget to look up! The museum itself is a piece of artwork with incredible murals painted on the ceilings filled with faces of the gods, the horoscope signs, and floral pieces. I thought these added to the beauty of the museum and made it feel like each piece was dedicated to a specific room because the paintings seemed to fit perfectly with whatever statue was being displayed there.
Overall I highly recommend the Thorvaldsen Museum to Copenhagen visitors who like to go to different museums that might not always make the Top 10 list; not only were the pieces of art incredible, the museum itself is a piece of art! 🙂