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Signed lower right side of base: A. Rodin Foundry mark back of center of base ALEXIS RUDIER / FONDEUR PARIS.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1879; cast 1925

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

Bronze; marble base
30 1/2 x 22 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches (77.5 x 57.8 x 36.8 cm)

* Rodin Museum, North Gallery


Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929


In 1879, after the Franco-Prussian War reestablished the French Republic, the young Rodin entered a competition for a public monument honoring the new government. His entry was this fierce-looking bust of Bellona, the Roman goddess of war.

The association of France with war—in this work and in The Call to Arms, another monument submission currently on view at the museum—proved unpopular at a time of pacifism in France. Rodin lost both contests.

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

  • About Auguste Rodin

  • Bronze Casting

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