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RODIN’S INFERNO: THE DANCING SHADOWS
Dante is not only a visionary and writer, he is also a sculptor.
High atop Auguste Rodin’s The Gates of Hell, at the sculptor’s museum in Philadelphia, is a trio of men—remote and inaccessible—guarding the entrance of Dante’s Inferno (see: end of blog for image). More than 200 figures writhe in agony and despair below, filling the monumental doors that Rodin toiled over for 37 years.
Yet, in the nearby courtyard, the threesome appear again in a life size version easily viewed by every visitor.
Sentries of the underworld,
weighed down by their burden.
Moving in a slow and rhythmic dance,
united by eternal sorrow.
Shadows reflecting in the noon day sun.
The Three Shades are also in the collections of: Musee Rodin, Paris; B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden, Stanford University, California; Palace Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; and Museo Sourmaya, Mexico City, Mexico.
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