Andersen, Hendrik Christian

SCULPTOR, URBAN PLANNER (NORWAY)
BORN 15 Apr 1872, Bergen - DIED 19 Dec 1940, Roma
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Acattolico, Via Caio Cestio 6 (Zona Prima)

Hendrik Christian emigrated with his parents from Norway to Newport, Rhoe Island as a young child. In Newport he started working as a sculptor. In 1893 he travelled to Europe to study and he decided to settle in Rome. In 1899 he met Henry James and they stayed in close contact until James died in 1916. Their correspondence suggests a homoerotic bond.

He created large monumental sculptures and painted as well. He also developed an urban planning philosophy that he expressed in "A World Center of Communication" (1913). James didn't like this plans for a World City and accused him of megalomania.

When he died in Rome in 1940 his home and his works were bequeathed to the Italian government. His home is now a museum.


Images

The grave of Hendrik Christian Andersen at the Cimitero Acattolico, Rome.
Picture by Androom (27 Feb 2015)

 

Sources
Hendrik Christian Andersen - Wikipedia


Anderson, John

Published: 14 Jan 2018
Last update: 14 Jan 2018