Orpheus and Eurydice

Artist: Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)

Date: modeled probably before 1887, carved 1893

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: confirmed (wt. on pallet): 48 3/4 × 31 1/8 × 25 3/8 in., 914 lb. (123.8 × 79.1 × 64.5 cm, 414.6 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910

Accession Number: 10.63.2


Originally modeled for The Gates of Hell, where it was apparently intended to illustrate a poem from Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal, this group was abandoned by Rodin in the final version of The Gates but given a second existence under the present title. The figure of Eurydice is recognizable as that of the Martyr and exemplifies Rodin's propensity for exploring the multiple interpretations of a single form.