Art Everyday Living: Rodin’s Inferno—Dancing Shadows, The Three Shades

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RODIN’S INFERNO: THE DANCING SHADOWS

Dante is not only a visionary and writer, he is also a sculptor.

Auguste Rodin

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.

Rodin

Sentries of the underworld,

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Rodin

Rodin, detail

weighed down by their burden.

Rodin

Moving in a slow and rhythmic dance,

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Rodin

 united by eternal sorrow.

Rodin

Shadows reflecting in the noon day sun.

Rodin

Rodin, detail

 

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.

Click to enlarge The Gates of Hell below:

 

Auguste Rodin, The Gates of Hell, modeled 1880-1917, cast 1926-1928, bronze, Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Auguste Rodin, The Gates of Hell, modeled 1880-1917, cast 1926-1928, bronze, Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA

 

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