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St. John the Baptist

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled 1878, cast possibly 1888
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 21-3/8 in. (54.3 cm.); W. 15-3/4 in. (40.0 cm.); D. 11 in. (27.9 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1893
Accession Number:
93.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Derived from the full, larger than lifesize Saint John the Baptist Preaching almost immediately after its creation in 1878, the bust was first exhibited as an independent work in the Paris Salon of 1879. This exceptionally fine cast is probably the one referred to in 1889 as the "first bronze duplicate...sold in France [and] bought by Mr. George A. Lucas."
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