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The Caryatid

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This sculpture is a study for ‘The Gates of Hell’, two monumental doors with a relief of crawling figures inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
The gates were intended as a companion to the Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ in Florence. Rodin worked for almost forty years on the ‘The Gates of Hell’ but never completed it.

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Title The Caryatid
Material and technique Bronze
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 45 cm
Width 28 cm
Depth 33 cm
Artists Sculptor: Auguste Rodin
Accession number BEK 1331 (MK)
Credits Gift in memory of J. Zwartendijk, 1938
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1938
Creation date in circa 1881-1883
Internal exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Auguste Rodin

Parijs 1840 - Meudon 1917

Auguste Rodin is generally regarded as the founder of modern sculpture and the most influential sculptor of the nineteenth century. For him, depicting movement...

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