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)
Artist: Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)Date: ca. 1908Medium: Pencil and bistre on buff wove paper, darkened, with left margin and bottom right tornAccession: 1975.1.697On view in:Not on view