Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bertel Thorvaldsen: Józef Poniatowski, 1826-1827
Modelled 1826/27 with a view to its being erected in bronze in Warsaw. Poniatowski was a Polish statesman and general. In the struggle for his country’s independence he took the side of Napoleon against the Russians and their allies. At the Battle of Leipzig in 1813, in which the French were defeated, Poniatowski was badly wounded and bravely chose to drown rather than be taken prisoner. Read more at www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk
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