Currently on View in H211.p4
In 1880 Rodin was commissioned by the French government to design a massive bronze entrance for a museum in Paris. His theme, the Gates of Hell, enabled him to explore a variety of dramatic poses and gestures.
The Martyr was just one character in Rodin’s complex project. Her writhing form may express mental as well as physical torment.
#5 out of 12 casts made by the Musée Rodin, Paris, France, in 1960; B. Gerald Cantor [1916-1996], Los Angeles, California; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1968.