Carl Nielsen Monument
The Carl Nielsen Monument, located at the corner of Grønningen and Store Kongensgade in central Copenhagen, Denmark, is a monument to Danish composer Carl Nielsen created by his wife Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. It depicts a young man playing pan-pipes on a wingless Pegasus and is also known as The Genius of Music (Danish: Musikkens Genius). The original plaster model is owned by the Carl Nielsen Museum in Odense.
|Designer||Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen|
|Material||Bonze and granite|
|Opening date||17 December 1939|
|Dedicated to||Carl Nielsen|
The monument is an allegorical equestrian statue. Horse and man are depicted in a dynamic pose. The naked young man with pan-pipes represents Pan, god of music in Greek mythology. His face strongly resembles that of a young Carl Nielsen. The Pegasus figure had wings in Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen's earlier models but the wings were left out in the final design.
Carl Nielsen died on 3 October 1931. The monument was a donation from the Committee for the Creation of a Monument to the Composer Carl Nielsen and the Foundation for the Advancement of Artistic Purposes (Fonden til kunstneriske Formaals Fremme).
Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen was commissioned to design the monument. She worked on it in her studio in Civiletatens Materialgård at Frederiksholms Kanal 26. She wrote: "I wanted to take the winged horse, eternal symbol of poetry, and place a musician on its back. He was to sit there between the rushing wings blowing a reed pipe out over Copenhagen". Dispute about her design and a shortfall in funding meant that the monument was delayed and that Anne Marie herself ended up subsidising it. It was finally unveiled on 17 December 1939.
- "Fokus på billedhuggeren Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens produktion". Odense Museum (in Danish). Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Lawson 1997, pp. 216–217.
- "Monument for komponisten Carl Nielsen". sites.itera.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Holmen 1985, pp. 29–31.
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- Image of earlier design
- Kildemoes, Nana (2018). "Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, Musikkens Genius – et hjertebarn". museum odense. Odense. Retrieved 28 April 2018.