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Thorvaldsen & Riga

Bertel Thorvaldsen is one of Denmark’s most important artists of all times. It turns out that Bertel Thorvaldsen has something common with Latvia and Riga, and what is most interesting - also with our company.

After having found premises for our office in 15 Audēju street, we discovered an interesting fact in connection with the entrance gate to the office, decorated with 4 angels, a lion, a dolphin a hawk and a sheep.

We instantly understood that there is something special with the gate although we did not possess of any valid information. We started investigation and found out interesting facts as regards the above mentioned gate in an article in newspaper Diena.

The main source of information in this article is a reference to another almost 70 years old publication by Pauls Kampe in a periodical edition of „Antiquity and Art” from 1940 and it states that the style of this gate reminds characteristic style features of ingenious Danish Sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.  Albeit Thorvaldsen lived and worked in Rome some of his masterpieces were found in Kurzeme and Vidzeme, having an influence to local artists.  It is supposed that the gate mentioned before originally was installed in some property in  Kurzeme or Vidzeme. According to Pauls Kampe the gate decorated the property of Graf Kropotkin in Sigulda and shortly before First World War was brought to Riga. Pauls Kampe confirms that the gate is an artwork of Thorvaldsen or some of his apprentices. 

About Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen was one of the most famous artists in 19th century Europe. He created works of art for the Pope, Napoleon and many of the royal families of Europe.

The sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) grew up in Copenhagen in poor circumstances. He was admitted to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at a young age and travelled to the cultural centre of the age, Rome, where he carved out a career for himself as an international artist. He returned to the city of his birth as a world-famous artist.

Thorvaldsen’s sculptures can be found today all over the world in major museums of art such as the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. But Thorvaldsen’s Museum in Copenhagen is the only place where Thorvaldsen’s art is shown in its entirety.

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Entrance from Rīdzenes street (opposite main entrance of Gallery Centrs)

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