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The Cathedral (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist
Auguste Rodin
Artist Details
French
1840-1917
Medium
Bronze
Created
Modeled 1908, Musée Rodin cast 1955
Dimensions
25 1/4 x 12 3/4 xx 13 1/2 in.
(64.1 x 32.4 x 34.3 cm)

About

It is a measure of Rodin’s genius that he could take a motif as mundane as two hands and create such an evocative sculpture. It brings to mind the vault of a Gothic cathedral — hence the title. The fingers lightly touch, as if in prayer. Given the intimacy of this gesture, it comes as a surprise when we notice Rodin has used two identical right hands, “forever caught,” as one critic wrote, “in marveling reciprocal self-contemplation.”

Images

  • The Cathedral by Auguste Rodin

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Credit

Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation