Pair of Standing Nude Male Figures Demonstrating the Principles of Contrapposto according to Michelangelo and Phidias

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

Date: ca. 1911

Culture: French

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Height (.1, wt. confirmed): 14 1/2 in., 6.6 lb. (36.8 cm, 3 kg)
Height (.2, wt. confirmed): 14 1/2 in., 5.2 lb. (36.8 cm, 2.4 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.179.1, .2


The Metropolitan Museum's Rodins sparked the initial enthusiasm of one of the great collectors of the art of the French sculptor. In a spirit of reciprocity, B. Gerald Cantor and his wife, Iris, gave more than thirty sculptures by Rodin to the Museum during the 1980s. The two figures from the collection of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney were presented to her by Rodin during a visit to his studio in Paris at the Hôtel Biron in 1911.