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Eve
Among the earliest figures Rodin modeled for the monumental The Gates of Hell, his unfinished masterpiece, were Adam and Eve. Not so much part of the door itself, as he intended that to be based on Dante's work, he instead intended to use them as jamb figures on either sides of the doors, just as medieval cathedrals had used Old Testament characters in that fashion. Most artists of his time presented Eve as an idealized beauty, but as one art historian pointed out about Rodin's Eve: Rodin's Eve made an exceptional departure from the taste for perfected anatomies. With large...
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This sculpture is another of those originally intended for Rodin's uncompleted masterwork, The Gates of Hell. The term caryatid originally referred to the ''women of Carie'', enslaved by the Greeks because their region had supported the Persians in the war between the two powers, a war the Greeks won. The term was later applied to Greek temple columns which were carved into the figures of women supporting a portico roof. Rodin used this motif for a sculpture referring directly to a passage in Dante's La Divinia Commedia. While his usual inspirations for The Gates of Hell came from the Inferno,...
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There are some reputations in the art world that are beyond dispute. These artists work is so seminal, their accomplishments so signal, that, even when critics attack the work, they reiterate its importance. Among these titans is the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Rodins work is definitely a harbinger of Modernism, but is also seen by some scholars as the sculptural equivalent of Impressionism. This may be because of his decision to develop, even in stone, a sense of the immediacy of creation. For instance, in Head of a Young Girl, Rodin has chosen a clearly classical material, Carrera marble,...
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In late 1884, the city of Calais decided to commission a monument based on the 14th century story in which six leading burghers of the city, by their own self-sacrifice, saved the city from the siege of King Edward III of England. Instead of creating a typical triumphal pyramid, Rodin showed the burghers as they walked to Edwards camp, full of pain and fear, just as six ordinary men would have appeared under the circumstances. Jean dAire was one of the most popular of the six figures and scholars have commented on the personal power and dignity of this particular...
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After Rodin had become famous as a result of both his sculpture and the frequent controversies surrounding it, he was hired, as one of the rare fine artists to have begun his career as the graduate of a school for artisans, to sculpt a pair of giant doors for a planned museum of decorative arts. These became his famous project, The Gates of Hell (though, like the museum, they were never completed). However, Rodin used these designs for the doors to experiment with and the sculptures originally created with The Gates in mind are among his most famous. His original...
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For the top piece on his monumental work, the great bronze doors known as "The Gates of Hell", Rodin originally intended a statue of Dante, upon whose "Inferno" the other figures on "The Gates" were modeled. Instead he finally sculpted a more universal figure, a brooding and heavily muscled man subsumed in the contemplation of mankinds folly and sin. However, its meaning has changed over time; art historian John Tancock wrote that, separated from The Gates, the figure became the universal symbol of hope and belief in mans resourcefulness that it still is today. It is in this mode that...
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The first thing that will strike most of those familiar with Rodin about Suzon is how atypical it is of most of the masters work. Born the son of a French policeman, Auguste Rodin applied to the cole des Beaux-Arts three times, but failed the entrance examination, particularly the sculpture part, each time. Instead, he attended the cole Speciale de Dessin et de Mathmatiques, a training institution for artisans and industrial designers. After graduation, he worked as an artisan doing ornamental architectural sculpture on various buildings. In 1870, as the Franco-Prussian War raged in France, Auguste Rodin went to Belgium...
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Once Rodin chose Dantes Inferno as the inspiration for his massive The Gates of Hell, the story of Paolo and Francesca was a natural subject. The tale of the two ill-starred lovers was the 19th centurys favorite part of the epic. Francescas father was at war with the lord of Rimini. To secure peace, the two older men arranged a marriage between Francesca and Gianciotto, the others oldest son who was ugly and deformed. His family sent the handsome younger brother, Paolo, as proxy for the wedding ceremony. Francesca fell in love with him, but then realized she was wed...
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