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Eve

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled 1881, cast 1910
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 68 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 23 1/2 in., 635 lb. (174 × 52.1 × 59.7 cm, 288 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910
Accession Number:
11.173.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Rodin intended Eve and the towering Adam to flank his monumental bronze doorway, The Gates of Hell. There, the biblical progenitors of humanity would have stood as perpetual witnesses to the consequences of their sin—bodily death and the damnation of souls. As an independent sculpture, Eve is a physical manifesto of remorse; her body twisted in suffering, her face imprisoned within a gesture of anguish. The bronze casts of Adam and Eve were commissioned for The Met in 1910 from plaster models in the sculptor’s studio.
Signature: Signed: A. Rodin
Thomas Fortune Ryan , New York (until 1911; purchased for MMA)
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