3 June 2009
THORVALDSEN -- SCHORN, Ludwig (1793-1842). Alexanders des Grossen Einzug in Bablylon. Marmorfries im Königlich Dänischen Schlosse Christiansburg von Bertel Thorwaldsen. Munich: Verlag der literarisch-artistischen Anstalt, 1835.
Oblong 4° (377 x 582mm). Title and 3 text lvs. printed at the Cotta Verlag, and 22 engraved plates by S. Amsler after Fr. Overbeck and others, printed by Felsing at Darmstadt. (Text lvs. spotted, light spotting in first plate, very occasional spotting in others.) Contemporary russia tooled in gilt and blind, marbled endleaves, sprinkled edges (short tear at headcap).
Thorvaldsen created a stucco relief frieze of the Entry of Alexander the Great for the Palazzo Quirinale in 1812 to mark the visit of Napoleon I to Rome. He was subsequently commissioned to sculpt it in marble for Conte Sommariva's Villa Carlotta and, expanded with additional reliefs, for the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. The present work depicts for the first time the frieze in its fullest form; it also preserves it for eternity, since Christiansborg Palace burned in 1864 and the frieze survives only in a fragmentary state. The edition was also issued together with an English translation. Brunet V, 839.
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