The Norwegian-American sculptor Hendrik Christian Andersen (1872-1940) lived in Rome from 1896 until his death in 1940. Between 1922 and 1925 he designed and built Villa Hélène (named after his beloved mother, who lived with him until her death in 1927), a grand house-cum-studio, which, on his death, he bequeathed (full of his sculptures) to the Italian nation.
His adopted sister Lucia was given the right for life to continue residing in Villa Hélène and she decided to convert the upper floors into a boarding-house. Lucia died in 1978 and the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen was inaugurated twenty years later on December 19th, 1999, the 59th anniversary of the sculptor's death.
Hendrik Christian Anderson is buried in Rome's Cimitero Acattolico (Non-Catholic Cemetery), better known as the Protestant Cemetery. The tomb, which he designed, is also the final resting-place of his mother, his elder brother Andreas and wife Olivia, and his adopted sister Lucia.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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