Hygieia og Æskulap
Bertel Thorvaldsen
: Bertel (Albert, Alberto) Thorvaldsen
: 19.11.1770
: 24.03.1844
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Hygieia and Aesculapius, 1808

Plaster. 146,5 cm
Inventory number: A318

Works, relating to this work: Thorvaldsen, Hygieia and Aeculapius, 1825, marble version,the facade of Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen; now in the passageway, "Kongeporten"

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Aesculapius is the god of medicine and his daughter Hygieia, the goddess of health. Here she is giving a health-giving drink to the snake winding itself around Aesculapius’ staff. The scene is an allegory of “Health”.