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Rodin Museum

The Gates of Hell

Foundry mark lower right side: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur. PARIS

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1880-1917; cast 1926-1928

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.

Bronze
20 feet 10 3/4 inches x 13 feet 2 inches x 33 3/8 inches (636.9 x 401.3 x 84.8 cm)

* Rodin Museum, Parkway

F1929-7-128

Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

Label

In 1880 Rodin was commissioned to create a set of bronze doors for a new museum in Paris. Inspired by The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri (Italian, c. 1265–1324), Rodin planned to decorate the doors with characters that Dante met on his fictional journey through hell. The sculptor eventually discarded the idea of a strict narrative and instead created a weightless, chaotic world filled with more than 200 figures in the throes of pain and despair. Although the planned museum never came to fruition, Rodin worked on the sculpture for nearly thirty-seven years, periodically adding, removing, or modifying elements on it.


More information on this object can be found in the following Themes:

  • About Auguste Rodin

  • Bronze Casting

  • Museum History


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