RODIN, Auguste
(b. 1840, Paris, d. 1917, Meudon)


1880 (model), c. 1910 (cast)
Bronze, height 194 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Rodin was deeply impressed by the work of Michelangelo and drew on the Sistine Chapel frescoes as a direct source of inspiration. In Adam, which shows the first man being roused to life, Rodin combined elements from the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel and from the Christ of Michelangelo's Pietà in the Duomo in Florence.

Adam was modeled originally in 1880, and for a time Rodin intended to incorporate the figure into the design for The Gates of Hell, which was never constructed.