Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rodin, The Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell....... by AUGUSTE RODIN ...11/12/1840--11/17/1917.. ... .#KoboDescent

Auguste Rodin's massive sculpture "The Gates of Hell" in the Rodin Museum in Paris. Commissioned to be doors for a new decorative arts center in Paris, Rodin died in 1917 before completing the work. The seated figure near the top was later recast, enlarged and is now known as "The Thinker." #Sculptures #Rodin

Rodin's Gates of Hell

The Gates of Hell - RODIN
Rodin, The Gates of Hell
Auguste Rodin, The Gates of Hell​, 1880-1917, plaster (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker When the building, earlier on the site of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, was destroyed by fire during the Commune in 1871, plans were drawn up to replace it with a museum of decorative arts. Rodin won the competition to design a great set of doors for its entry way. Although the museum was never built, Rodin continued to work on the doors. They became an ongoing project; a grand stage for his sculptural ideas. It's fitting that the plaster of this great unfinished sculpture, The Gates of Hell, is now on display at the d'Orsay, the former railway terminal that was built on this site instead of the museum of decorative arts and that, by lovely coincidence, was converted into one of the world's great art museums.

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