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Third Architectural Model for "The Gates of Hell"

Signed on panel at lower right: Rodin Inscribed: A Monsieur/ Jules Mastbaum/ En hommage/ du Musée Rodin

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917

Made in France, Europe

Modeled c. 1881-1882; cast 1926


39 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (100.3 x 62.9 x 17.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the estate of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1938

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This 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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