From the Thorvaldsen Collection – The Shepherd Boy

Marble Statues
The Shepherd Boy has been considered by many to be the most magnificent sculpture of the last three hundred years. The serenity, purity and simplicity of the subject is compelling, and yet its complexity leaves viewers astounded by the skill of the carving.

Stone Icons believes that the original sculpture by Bertil Thorvaldsen is exquisite, and it is our honour to recreate it in the finest white marble as an exact reproduction. Thorvaldsen made a sketch of a model sitting casually in his studio, and the dog was either his or a friend’s. We have researched the marble in minute detail, and our version is as if it had emerged from the master’s own studio carved by chisel from the raw marble block to find every detail modelled by Thorvaldsen.

Thorvaldsen’s studio was a highlight of the Grand Tour, and the Earl of Minto, a great art connoisseur visited regularly, attempting to buy the Shepherd Boy, but was thwarted at the last minute. He varied in his opinion about who was best in the competitive game played by Canova and Thorvaldsen.
Another version of this beautiful statue can be found in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

Height 100 cms
Weight: 350 kgs
Base (optional) 60 cms
Price: POA
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From the Thorvaldsen Collection - The Shepherd BoyFrom the Thorvaldsen Collection - The Shepherd Boy


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Marble Icons has set itself the goal of recreating, in perfect marble in white or many colours, or other valuable stone, the beautiful images which are at the core of the history of art.

Marble Icons choice of sculptures of the Greats is absolutely unique throughout the world ..…and we will work with clients who have specific requirements whether it be by size or material such as white, black or even green marble.

How do we achieve our goal of matching the original work without the help of casts from the original?

  • Firstly we research the original art held in museums in absolute detail.
  • Secondly we produce clay models equivalent in every detail to the original. This process is immensely time consuming as our specialists work towards perfection with the modeler.
  • We then identify the perfect block of marble which in the case of full sized or multiple figure statues might weigh several tonnes.
  • We then hew by hand from the raw marble, until the sculpture emerges to reprise the original work of art.
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