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


Stone, height 64 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris

When Rodin began The Gates of Hell, he was conscious of combining two arts, sculpture and architecture. It was Rodin's taste for architecture that also led him to give the title of The Cathedral to one of his famous works. Employing his assemblage technique to join two identical right hands, Rodin thus composed a surprising allegory of the Gothic arch, one with extraordinary symbolic power.

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