Herman Wilhelm Bissen

Herman Wilhelm Bissen was a Danish sculptor. Amongst his most famous works are the statue of Adam Oehlenschläger (1854-61) in front of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, the Isted Lion, erected in Flensburg in 1862, and the equestrian statue of Frederik VII in front of Christiansborg Castle.

H.V. Bissen hailed from Schleswig and was trained as painter and sculptor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen 1816-23. In 1824 he travelled to Rome where he lived for the following ten years and worked under the guidance of Bertel Thorvaldsen. The influence from Thorvaldsen was expressed in works such as Paris and the Apple (1831-40, the Glyptotek) and the relief The Ceres and Bacchus Frieze (1835-41) at Christiansborg. The latter was destroyed during the fire of 1884.

H.V. Bissen became Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1840 and was its Director in 1850-3. Additionally, he had a large studio with several assistants and young sculptors. One of those was his son Vilhelm Bissen, who took over the studio after the death of his father.