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April 2nd, 1997
Rodin And Michelangelo Catalogue

Published to accompany an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by two of history's greatest artists, Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration is a 236-page catalogue examining the career of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and his acknowledged debt to Michelangelo (1475-1564). The catalogue includes contributions from Dr. Maria Mimita Lamberti, a professor of contemporary art at the Università Statale in Milan, and co-curator (with Christopher Riopelle of the Philadelphia Museum of Art) of the exhibition; Dr. Flavio Fergonzi, professor of art history at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan; and Mr. Riopelle, the Museum's Associate Curator of European Painting and the Rodin Museum. Their texts discuss Rodin's early departures from the idealized figures of traditional academic sculpture as well as his 1876 visit to Italy, where for the first time Rodin was confronted with the full force of Michelangelo's precedent. Dr. Pina Ragionieri, Director of the Casa Buonarroti, Florence, contributes an essay on the history of that great institution. Dr. Ragionieri and her colleague Dr. Giovanni Agosti initiated the Rodin and Michelangelo exhibition in Florence as part of an ongoing series exploring the relationship between Michelangelo and other distinguished artists.

The catalogue, published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with Edizioni Charta, Milan, includes 143 illustrations, 56 of which are in color. Works in the Rodin and Michelangelo exhibition are discussed individually and illustrated. The catalogue is available for purchase in the Museum Stores and other retail outlets. An Italian edition, copublished by Charta and the Casa Buonarroti, was issued in 1996 to accompany the presentation of the exhibition in Florence.

Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 27 through June 22, 1997. The exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Casa Buonarroti, Florence. Rodin and Michelangelo, as well as the concurrent exhibition The Hands of Rodin: A Tribute to B. Gerald Cantor, are made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Additional support has been provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. US Airways is the official airline. NBC 10 is the media sponsor.

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