Vulcan, Statue in marble. Executed in 1861 by Brynjulf Larsen Bergslien under the supervision of H.W. Bissen, after Thorvaldsen’s original model from 1838. (A8). Thorvaldsen Museum (Copenhagen, Denmark). Make with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.
Vulcan is the god of fire, and serves as blacksmith on Mount Olympus. Here we see him with an open tunic during a brief pause from his work, where he has put down his tools. At his feet lie the weapons that it is his task to make for gods and heroes. The god of war, Mars, is naturally one of his best customers, but it is Vulcan’s tragedy that Mars is simultaneously his rival. For Mars is having an affair with Vulcan’s wife, the beautiful Venus. So if melancholy seems to have consumed the hard-working smith, this may be the reason.
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