Third Architectural Model for "The Gates of Hell"
Signed on panel at lower right: Rodin Inscribed: A Monsieur/ Jules Mastbaum/ En hommage/ du Musée RodinMade in France, Europe
Modeled c. 1881-82; cast 1926
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917
* Rodin Museum, Main Gallery
1938-27-1Gift of the estate of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1938
LabelThis model, an extraordinary visual record of Rodin’s thought processes and working method, is the third that the artist made after receiving the prized commission for a set of monumental bronze doors. It reveals that by this early date he had already abandoned a strict narrative rendering of Dante’s Inferno and discarded the notion of the doors as functional architectural features that would open or close.
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