A Short Guide
Thorvaldsen was about ready to leave Rome and return to Denmark as he had run out of money. But in 1803 he received his first major commission to carve the Jason Statue. It took him 25 years to complete the Jason statue. But during the time he was completing ithe statue he got other commissions around Europe.
What is interesting about this Christus statue is many of the statues of Christ during this time frame have Christ with his hands stretched out like He is hanging on the cross. But Thorvaldsen’s statue has Christ’s hands open but also down as if Christ is ready to scoop us up into His arms. This meaning that Christ is there for us at all times and will scoop us up into His arms at any time gives this statue of Christ an added powerful meaning.
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