French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is renowned for his impressive sculptures which were celebrated throughout the 20th Century.
Of Rodin's many pieces, The Gates of Hell was a significant creation during the sculptor's career.
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.
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 Gates of Hell features 180 motifs that were later developed into their own works of art.
This includes sculptures such as The Kiss (this page) and The Thinker (previous page).
The collection includes around 200 of the sculptures pieces, drawings, photographs of the artist, and other works never seen outside of France.
The Rodin exhibition is at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 23 September until 1 January 2007.