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1800 - 56

 

Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll was a Danish architect active during the Danish Golden Age in the first half of the 19th century and was a key figure in the stylistic shift in Danish architecture from late classicism to Historicism.

 

 

THORVALDSEN MUSEUM, DENMARK, 1848.

 

The Thorvaldsen Museum is a single-artist museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, dedicated to the art of Danish neoclassicistic sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

 

The building is strongly inspired by antique Greek architecture and built around an inner courtyard where the artist is buried. The courtyard is particularlarly notable being painted in Eqyptian motifs, tall date palms, lions and crocodile prowl among exotic birds and plants. The exterior enormous doors in severe trapezoidal style define the architect's intentions to pay homage at once to Attic Greek, Pompeiian and Egyptian style.

 

The building is particularly noteworthy for its unique use of colors both inside and outside, with every room in the museum having a unique ceiling decoration.

 

What makes it unique is that though the repetition of the same figures in a large variety of different situations, the museum reveals an expression of a new way of considering the whole, succeeding the museum's union of sculpture, painting and architecture.

MICHAEL GOTTLIEB BINDESBØLL

DENMARK

 

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