Iris, Messenger of the Gods

Auguste Rodin French
Cast by Alexis Rudier French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

This unabashedly erotic partial figure was inspired by Rodin’s interest in dance. Extending her legs in mid-flight, the messenger of the gods is rendered weightless through her acrobatic pose. A large-scale winged version, symbolizing poetic inspiration, was originally intended for Rodin’s monument to the Romantic poet Victor Hugo.

Iris, Messenger of the Gods, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, black marble base, French

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