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The Martyr

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled 1885
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
L. 61-1/2 in. (156.2 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Watson B. Dickerman, 1913
Accession Number:
13.221
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The Martyr was originally a standing figure on the lintel of The Gates of Hell. Rodin enlarged it, placed it in a supine position, giving the limbs a convulsive appearance, and heightened the tension by omitting a base and forcing the head and left arm of the figure to hang over the edge of any support provided.
Signature: On underside, raised letters: A. Rodin
Auguste Rodin (sold to Dickerman) ; Watson B. Dickerman (until 1913; to MMA)
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