Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Not on view
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)