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The Cathedral

Signed top of base to left: A Rodin Foundry mark right side of base: Alexis RUDIER / FONDEUR PARIS

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

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1908; cast 1925


24 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (62.2 x 27.3 x 29.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, West Gallery

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Rodin’s belief in the expressive power of every aspect of human anatomy led to some of his most radical experiments, like this sculpture of two right hands. The sculptor published a book on the Gothic cathedrals of France in 1914 and renamed this piece, formerly known as The Arch of Alliance, in an allusion to the rib vaulting found in Gothic churches.

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