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Pope Benedict XV (1854–1922)

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French) , Paris
Date:
modeled 1915, cast probably before 1950
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, on a marble base
Dimensions:
H. w/base 15-5/8 in. (39.7 cm.); H w/out base 9-7/8 in. (25.1 cm.); W. 7-3/8 in. (18.7 cm.); D. 10 in. (25.4 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
One of Rodin's last works, this portrait is the product of three or four rapid and none-too-graciously granted sittings. It is sometimes described as being unfinished and obviously Rodin took much less benign attitude toward the Pope than he had toward Victor Hugo, another recalcitrant subject, whose portrait is in the Museum's collection.
Signature: On the neck: A. Rodin; inside, raised: A. Rodin

Marking: On back of neck: ALEXIS RUDIER./FONDEUR PARIS
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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