Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen
Dedicated in 1894, this bronze sculpture is a posthumous replica of a marble self-portrait carved by the famed Danish sculptor. It is the only statue of an artist displayed in a New York City park.
The original piece is housed in the Thorvaldsen Museum in the artist's native Copenhagen. The life-sized Central Park sculpture was commissioned by Americans of Danish descent, and originally stood just north of 59th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. It was eventually relocated to its current spot. In 1996, the Central Park Conservancy's conservation team restored the statue to protect it from the elements and preserve it for future generations.