Theophil Hansen

Theophil Hansen

Concert Grand designed by Theophil Hansen

Theophil Hansen was born in 1813 in Copenhagen. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and went to Athens in 1838 with a Danish travel stipend for eight years. There he studied the Greek architectural style in great detail and learned about Byzantine forms of art.

Model Theophil Hansen

Model Theophil Hansen

This special instrument was built for the world exhibition in Paris 1867. The wife of Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie fell in love instantly. So the empress of Austria - Sisi donated this instrument to her. Then Napoleon took the instrument with him to his exile in London. 1978, Sotheby's offered the instrument and the sister of the King of Jordan bought it in the auction.

Work drawing

Work drawing

From Athens to Vienna

When Hansen decided he had no further possibilities of development in Athens, he went on to Vienna where he worked first as an assistant to the architect Förster before opening his own office in 1852. His first large project was the construction of the Arsenal. In 1858 he built the Protestant church at the Matzleinsdorf Cemetery. The church is built in the Byzantine style, but it also integrates elements of other architectural approaches.

Model Theophil Hansen

Model Theophil Hansen