Saturday, April 25, 2015

Musée Rodin

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The Louvre

 "The Thinker" is one of Rodin's most famous works. Originally called "The Poet," this iconic piece is the embodiment of intellectual reasoning. What isn't usually known is that this piece was created for a larger, more intricate piece called "The Gates of Hell." 

"The Gates of Hell" captures the emotion and despair in Dante's "Inferno." For those of you who haven't read this classic, this is part of Dante's Divine Comedy and it depicts a man who goes into the depths of hell and then is later rescued. I could write an essay on this, but it still wouldn't do justice to this incredibly detailed masterpiece. 

If you continue in the outside tour of the museum in its lovely grounds, you are treated to beautifully detailed human forms that are posed in exaggerated-- and sometimes grotesque-- positions. Rodin skillfully captures both the movement and emotions of humans within the permanence of stone and metal.

And going inside the museum you will see more sculptures varying from clay, stone, and bronze. And yes, I realize now that I accidentally took a selfie in two of these images. 
His skill with marble and stone is undeniable when you see how translucent the stone is in the sun.

Like a lot of traditional sculptures, Rodin excelled at sculpting the human form.

He also loved to sculpt biblical, mythical, and angelic images.

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