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Rodin at The Met

At The Met Fifth Avenue
September 16, 2017–January 15, 2018
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Related Digital Content

To learn more about the art of Auguste Rodin and the works in this exhibition, see the educational links, videos, and essays below.


Rodin's Illustrations for Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal

An image of Charles Baudelaire's 'Les Fleurs du Mal' illustrated by Auguste Rodin

Illustrations by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), text by Charles Baudelaire (French, 1821–67). "Au Lecteur," from Vingt-sept poèmes des Fleurs du Mal (Twenty-Seven Poems from The Flowers of Evil), 1918. Published by La Société des Amis du Livre Moderne. Book, overall: 7 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. (18.7 x 12.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1968 (68.632.1)

A 1918 edition of Charles Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil illustrated by Rodin and digitized for the exhibition is available at Google Arts & Culture.


The Artist Project: Wilfredo Prieto on Auguste Rodin's Sculptures

Wilfredo Prieto looks Auguste Rodin sculptures

Sculptor Wilfredo Prieto (Cuban, born 1978) discusses the expressive quality of Rodin's sculpture fragments in this episode of The Artist Project.


Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

A photograph of Auguste Rodin by Edward Steichen

Learn about Rodin's life and sculpture in this collection of essays and chronologies.

Essay

"Auguste Rodin"

Chronologies

France, 1800–1900 A.D.
France, 1900 A.D.–present


Edward J. Steichen (American [born Luxembourg], 1879–1973). Auguste Rodin (detail), 1901. Direct carbon print, 10 9/16 x 8 in. (26.9 x 20.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.4). © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


MetPublications

Fragments of Auguste Rodin sculptures

The Met has published two texts on Rodin, both of which are available through Watson Library and online:

Clare Vincent, "Rodin at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 38, no. 4 (Spring 1981).

Reinhold Miller and Gary Marolta, Rodin: The B. Gerald Cantor Collection (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986).


The Cantor Foundation and The Burghers of Calais

Auguste Rodin's The Burghers of Calais installed on The Met roof

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). The Burghers of Calais (Installation view on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, September 9, 1998), modeled 1884–95, cast 1985. Bronze, 82 1/2 x 94 x 95 in. (209.6 x 238.8 x 241.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 1989 (1989.407). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rodin's sculpture The Burghers of Calais was given to The Met by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor in 1989. The bronze is a lost-wax cast (produced by the Coubertin Foundry), made from the plaster model in the Musée Rodin in Paris and commissioned by the Cantors especially for The Met's 1986 exhibition, Rodin: The B. Gerald Cantor Collection. Formerly installed on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, it is now in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court.

A number of educational essays about Rodin are available at the Cantor Foundation website, including: "Rodin in Context," "In Rodin's Studio," and "The Lost Wax Casting Process."

Educators can download "Auguste Rodin: The Burghers of Calais" by Nelly Silagy Benedek, a resource for teaching students about the composition and meaning of this monument.


A group of children view Auguste Rodin's sculpture The Thinker

Musée Rodin

Watch videos to learn about the techniques used to translate Rodin's plaster models into carved marble statuary and sculptures cast in bronze (in French and English).

Discover the symbolism of Rodin's monumental doorway, The Gates of Hell (in French and English).

Find additional educational resources on the Musée Rodin's website (in French and English).

Rodin100.org

2017 marks the centenary of Rodin's death. Learn about the worldwide celebration of the artist's work at Rodin100.org.

​Four boys are photographed viewing a monumental plaster cast of Rodin's The Thinker at The Met in 1913. Depicted in the rear is the small, original-sized bronze cast in The Met collection: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). The Thinker, modeled probably 1880, cast ca. 1910. Bronze, Height 27 5/8 in (70.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910 (11.173.9)



Banner: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). Orpheus and Eurydice (detail), modeled probably before 1887, carved 1893. Marble, overall: 48 3/4 x 31 1/8 x 25 3/8 in. (123.8 x 79.1 x 64.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910 (10.63.2). Now at The Met: August Rodin (French, 1840–1917). The Hand of Rodin, 1917. Cast plaster with coat of shellac, 6 x 9 in. (15.2 x 22.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Presented by Rodin to his pupil Malvina Hoffman and given by her to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Malvina C. Hoffman, 1966 (66.247.6). Heilbrunn: Edward J. Steichen (American [born Luxembourg], 1879–1973). Auguste Rodin (detail), 1901. Direct carbon print, 10 9/16 x 8 in. (26.9 x 20.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.4). © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York