Third Architectural Model for "The Gates of Hell"
Signed on panel at lower right: Rodin Inscribed: A Monsieur/ Jules Mastbaum/ En hommage/ du Musée Rodin
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917
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This model, an extraordinary visual record of Rodin’s thought processes and working method, is the third that the artist made after receiving the prized commission for a set of monumental bronze doors. It reveals that by this early date he had already abandoned a strict narrative rendering of Dante’s Inferno and discarded the notion of the doors as functional architectural features that would open or close.