No less abortive was Thorvaldsen's undertaking of a great monument intended to commemorate the re-establishment of Poland.
He entered upon this Thorvaldsen's friends task with enthusiasm.
Thorvaldsen, born a Lutheran, was a spectator in Rome of bigotry and skepticism, and took refuge in artistic impartiality.
Thorvaldsen was the son of an Icelandic sailor, who incidentally earned a living by carving wooden figure-heads for ships.
Despite the urgent requests of his countrymen, Thorvaldsen would not be weaned from Rome.
Yet Thorvaldsen did not The great sculptor's career fulfil his contract with Hope until fourteen years had passed.
On Thorvaldsen's return to Rome, his stay there was brought to an end by an epidemic of cholera.
Mendelssohn would play on the piano in Thorvaldsen's studio at Rome, while the sculptor worked on his models.
It was not by mere chance that Hegel and Thorvaldsen were born within a few months of each other in the year 1770.
Thorvaldsen's "Night" is only the stillness of night, the night in which men sleep.