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In pictures: Rodin exhibition

The installation of The Gates of Hell at the Royal Academy of Art  David Purdie

French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is renowned for his impressive sculptures which were celebrated throughout the 20th Century.

The installation of The Gates of Hell at the Royal Academy of Art  David Purdie

Of Rodin's many pieces, The Gates of Hell was a significant creation during the sculptor's career.

The installation of The Gates of Hell at the Royal Academy of Art  David Purdie

Commissioned in 1880, it was based on The Inferno from Dante's Divine Comedy and measures nearly seven metres high, four metres wide and weighs eight tonnes.

The installation of The Gates of Hell at the Royal Academy of Art  David Purdie

Rodin died before the completion of The Gates of Hell, and Hitler's government commissioned the Kunsthaus cast of the piece in 1942. However, it was never delivered.

The Thinker, 1881-82  NGV Photographic Services

The Gates of Hell features 180 motifs that were later developed into their own works of art.

The Kiss, 1900-4  Tate, London 2006

This includes sculptures such as The Kiss (this page) and The Thinker (previous page).

Portrait by Walter Henry Barnett  Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

The collection includes around 200 of the sculptures pieces, drawings, photographs of the artist, and other works never seen outside of France.

Pierre de Wissant, Monumental Nude, c. 1865   Kunstmuseum, Winterthur

The Rodin exhibition is at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 23 September until 1 January 2007.






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