Love & War~ May 11

The Kiss

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)

 

The Tate’s The Kiss is one of three full-scale versions made in Rodin’s lifetime. Its blend of eroticism and idealism makes it one of the great images of sexual love. However, Rodin considered it overly traditional, calling The Kiss ‘a large sculpted knick-knack following the usual formula.’ The couple are the adulterous lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, who were slain by Francesca’s outraged husband. They appear in Dante’s Inferno, which describes how their passion grew as they read the story of Lancelot and Guinevere together. The book can just be seen in Paolo’s hand.
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/rodin-the-kiss-n06228

The Rodin Museum in Paris, France

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

The three larger marble versions were exhibited together at the Musée d’Orsay in 1995. A fourth copy was made after the death of Rodin by sculptor Henri-Léon Gréber for the Rodin Museum of Philadelphia.

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