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Rodin in Rome: when marble comes to life

2014-04-13

Rome pays homage to French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition titled "Rodin. Marble, life” brings to the Eternal City 60 of his best works directly from the Rodin Museum in Paris. It can be visited until the end of May.

The curator of the exhibition said the French artist was one of the first to combine tradition with modern discoveries.

ALINE MAGNIEN
Rodin Museum in Paris
"Rodin paved the way for the 20th Century. His procedures are very classic, but the way he uses them is quite modern; and so, he guides our attention to a lot of new paths, that where followed by artists in the 20th Century. "

The highlight of the exhibition include the famous "Kiss,” sculpted in 1882. All its details breathe life, and marble becomes flesh.

Originally, Rodin conceived the sculpture as a portrait of the two lovers Dante comes by, in his "Divine Comedy.” The piece is also known as "The Faith” and "The Deep Love.”

One of the main characteristics of the French sculptor is the so called "unfinished” work: when the details of a piece fade into the stone. But it is not his only trade mark.

ALINE MAGNIEN
Rodin Museum in Paris
"All his research on the 'unfinished,' on space as well as on the assembling of figures, all these achievements were great spaces of freedom that allowed later sculptors to participate in his vision."

Another masterpiece from the exhibit is "The Hand of God.” The piece depicts Adam and Eve huddled in the palm of the hand that created them.

With this piece and the rest of the exhibition, visitors will see why art not only imitates nature, but sometimes it breathes life.


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