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Danaid (The Source)

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1885, enlarged 1889; carved before 1902

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Carved by Jean Escoula, French, 1851 - 1911.

Marble
13 x 19 x 25 inches (33 x 48.3 x 63.5 cm)

* Rodin Museum, East Gallery

2003-4-1

Gift of Alexander Harrison to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1902 and purchased by the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the Annenberg Fund for Major Acquisitions, and other Museum funds, 2003

Label

Rodin originally modeled this despairing figure from Greek mythology, condemned to eternally carry water from a leaking jug, for The Gates of Hell, but he did not include it in the final version. As seen in the work of Michelangelo, an artist Rodin admired enormously, Danaid seems to emerge from the block of stone itself.


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

  • The Gates of Hell


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