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Christine Stampe 225 years

On April 20, 2022, Christine Stampe turns 225 years old. We mark this by dedicating 2022 to Thorvaldsen's close friend. Christine Stampe played a crucial role in Thorvaldsen's last five years of life, and she has also had a great impact on his legacy. Today we can thank Christine Stampe for inviting Thorvaldsen to the manor Nysø in the summer of 1839 with great courage – if she had not done so, we probably would not have had the fine story about Thorvaldsen and Nysø today.

During 2022, we will focus on Christine Stampe on several occasions. First and foremost as Thorvaldsen's close friend, but also as a family man, landowner's wife and hostess for several of the great artists of the golden age. We illuminate Christine Stampe from several different angles, so we get to draw as nuanced a picture as possible of the strong and very interesting woman she was.


The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø


In the middle of the beautiful South Zealand nature, with a view over Præstø Fjord and surrounded by forests and fields, is the manor house Nysø. At the end of the golden age, Nysø forms the framework for what the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen himself describes as the period in his life where he "felt quite unmixed in happiness".

For the last almost five years of his life, Thorvaldsen often lived with the Stampe family on Nysø, and to Baroness Christine Stampe he himself expresses that it is only here that he feels at home - this is where he feels what it is means to "live happily".

In Nysø's eastern cavalry wing, a small museum has been set up today, where you can experience more than 50 plaster works by Thorvaldsen, a beautiful selection of his drawings and unique clay models from the first phase of the work process, which Christine Stampe saved and burned in the estate's brick kiln. . In addition, you can experience other artists' works related to history, including V. Gertner's painting by Thorvaldsen from 1842 as well as drawings by P.C. Skovgaard.

The museum conveys the story of Thorvaldsen and his time with the Stampe family on Nysø. We also tell about the artistic gathering place that Nysø became, thanks to Christine Stampe's hospitality and desire to gather several of the great personalities of the golden age, including H.C. Andersen, N.F.S. Grundtvig and B.S. Ingemann, who were all part of the inner circle.

In addition to the story of Thorvaldsen and the golden age, we also tell the story of the manor Nysø. In 2021, it was exactly the 350th anniversary of the first red brick for one of Denmark's earliest baroque plants. In 2021, it was also 95 years ago that the museum opened to visitors. It was June 23, 1926.