The Martyr #5

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)

Currently on View in H211.p4
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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.

Object Information

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
creation date
modeled 1885, cast 1960
5-1/2 x 24 x 16 in.
mark descriptions
Inscribed at verso near head: A. Rodin | N3
Inscribed at verso near upper back: © by Musée Rodin 1960
Inscribed at verso near lower back: Georges Rudier fondeur Paris
accession number
credit line
Gift of B. Gerald Cantor
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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