365 Days of Art: August 23 – The Little Mermaid is Unveiled
August 23, 1913
The Little Mermaid is unveiled in Copenhagen. The patron who commissions the statue is so taken by the fairytale, specifically the ballerina who portrays the Little Mermaid in a ballet based on the fairytale, that he asks her to model for the artwork. She agrees to model her head but refuses to pose in the nude. Therefore, the final statue is a compilation of the head of the ballerina and the body of the sculptor’s wife.